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New LGBT Ambassadors Send Welcoming Message to Students

by Buford,Brian Wesley last modified Aug 20, 2012 01:39 PM


 The Office for LGBT Services is proud to announce an exciting new program, dubbed the Intersection Ambassadors, which was created to reinforce its mission to "strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus community at the University of Louisville, one that welcomes people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions through support, educational resources and advocacy." 

This group of ten students will spend the next academic year learning and developing leadership skills. The Ambassadors Program was created to assist the office in reaching out to students on campus and creating a safe space for those who need it most.  Ambassadors will be the first point of contact for new students and visitors.  As they work  as a member of a strong team, ambassadors will develop and design outreach projects, advise the office on important issues and concerns, and connect the office to other programs and efforts on campus related to social justice and equity. 

Senior Marissa Sparkman said being an ambassador means "taking the experiences that I've gone through and helping someone else to grow.  I like to be a mentor and a role model to others."  Sophomore Jacob Jones agreed. "Along with helping others, I have been given the opportunity to grow and strengthen my leadership skills. I look forward to helping the office reach out in bigger ways this year and extend its generous hand to those students who have not had the opportunity to benefit from the services offered by the Office for LGBT Services."

The program was funded in part through a generous grant from JustFundKY.

The Intersection Ambassadors for the 2012-2013 year are:

DaTonya Schumaker
Brian Hsiao
Felicity Bongo
Ana Ruiz
Hilton Airall
Matthew Hufford
Jacob Jones
Rachel Determan
Katie Rabalais
Marissa Sparkman

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