Our Student Ambassadors

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                                                                                 Student ambassador 2017-2018

                                                                                                                             Pictured(left to right): Back row: Carlos Smith, Stefani Yates, Johnathan Grimes, Alisa Mobley, Zahra Hooda

                                                                                                                                          Front row: Alexis Lugo, Abby Cooley, Tajnea Foster, Nikki Panzica, Brittany Hinten

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The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity began this exciting program in 2016 for students who aspire to assist with the Office’s initiatives. Our Ambassadors are student who are committed to learning about the the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and are willing to promote and encourage other students in the Auburn community to work towards becoming more multiculturally competent.

By participating in this program, students agree to attend weekly meetings, attend trainings, workshops, and campus events to increase their knowledge, awareness, and skills regarding diversity on Auburn's campus. This program is designed to create opportunities for students to actively engage in activities to advance diversity and inclusion. The program provides avenues for selected students to facilitate discussions, provide peer diversity training and host diversity related programming such as our Coffee Talks and Diversity Movie Nights.


The Student Ambassadors for The Office of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity within the College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) believes that true innovation results from individuals of different race, ethnicity, gender, differently abled, status, nationality, religious affiliation, sexual orientation and socioeconomic backgrounds collectively working together to solve problems. We create an environment where everyone’s differences are not only acknowledged but celebrated under the believe that we are all unique and have something to contribute. Through the continued improvement of diverse representation at all levels and creation of an inclusive environment that fosters intellectual creativity, our Ambassadors are committed to promoting colleague engagement through different events to increase awareness of social injustices. We understand and seek to diminish inequities on Auburn’s Campus in the STEM fields to help individuals grow both intellectually and personally through meaningful diverse experiences.


Mission Statement: COSAM OIED Student Ambassadors seek to bring awareness to OIED services and programs; encourage interest in STEM fields in students from all backgrounds grades k-12; and promote an inclusive environment for all students. Through these actions, the ultimate mission of Ambassadors is to function as liaisons, collaborators, and representatives of OIED and the diverse COSAM student populace. As such, Ambassadors is a link between the Office, Auburn students, grade school students, and also an extension of the COSAM OIED mission.





Introducing Our Student Ambassadors 


AbbyAbby Cooley

Standing: Junior

Major: Biomedical Sciences; Pre-Med. Business Minor

Email: amc0103@auburn.edu 

"It is more important than ever to show harmony and collaboration between people who may seemingly be different."



AlexisAlexis Lugo 

Standing: Sophomore

Major: Biomedical Sciences 

Email: arl0041@auburn.edu 

"Lack of diversity can lead to a loss of ideas from great minds."



AlisaAlisa Mobley 

Standing: Junior

Major: Chemical Engineering

Email: aam0037@auburn.edu

"This exposure allows one to see the differences and similarities that they have with other individuals."



brittanyBrittany Hinten 

Standing: Senior

Major: Biomedical Sciences; Pre-Med. Human Development and Family Studies Minor

Email: brh0017@auburn.edu

"It is so important to help access untapped potential in underrepresented populations and bring minds from everywhere to come together to work for a common purpose."




CarlosCarlos Smith 

Standing: Sophomore

Major: Biomedical Sciences; Pre-Physical Therapy

Email: cls0094@auburn.edu 

"Connection encourages maturation and progress in our society and organization."




JohnathanJohnathan Grimes 

Standing: Junior

Major: Biomedical Sciences; Pre-Pharmacy

 Email: jmg0072@auburn.edu

"By independently thinking together diversity is something that flourishes and should be cherished because diversity is the key to a more dynamic and better world."




NikkiNikki Panzica 

Standing: Sophomore

Major: Biomedical Sciences; Pre-Med. Spanish Minor 

Email: nzp0020@auburn.edu 

"The diverse experiences of various societies consequently raise students with different necessities, and the inclusion of these students into the STEM fields allows for these necessities to be fulfilled."



StefaniStefani Yates 

Standing: Sophomore

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Email: jsy0006@auburn.edu  

"Diversity gives students a chance to see common things through different points of view, thus constructing an open mind."



TajneaTajnea Foster 

Standing: Junior

Major: Biomedical Sciences 

Email: tkf0004@auburn.edu 

"The Scientific Process cannot occur in a vacuum; it craves the perspective and creativity that diversity contributes."




ZahraZahra Hooda

Standing: Sophomore

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Email: zah0009@auburn.edu

"The role of diversity as the inclusion of different people in an organization brings new perspectives, greater productivity, elimination of prejudices, and most importantly, acceptance and appreciation for people on a human level that can only be achieved by interaction."







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