Why Participate?

Career Advancement
Become better positioned for the job market upon graduation.  Corporations are interested in hiring people who work well with others, who understand how to be inclusive of all cultures, and who operate effectively and efficiently in a global environment.  Participation in the program will enhance your relevant work experience. Most companies have diversity initiatives, policies, and strategies. By hiring a Diversity Ambassador, corporations know they have an employee that has been trained to live, learn, lead and work in a global world.

Leadership
Become better positioned to assume campus leadership roles.  Program participants will have the opportunity to engage in personal development, intercultural competence, and critical thinking. Research conducted by Dr. Alexander Astin, the Founding Director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, revealed that student involvement outside the classroom has been linked to students’ learning and development as well as persistence and retention.

Creating & Leading Successful Teams
Become better positioned to build cohesive teams. With the academic curriculum requiring more and more group projects, students should expect to be placed in diverse teams.  The Diversity Ambassador program prepares students to work well in diverse groups. Tom Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, states, “I can say confidently that teamwork is almost always lacking within organizations that fail, and often present within those that succeed.”

It’s Fun
Become better positioned to have a balanced life. Life Coach Martha Beck reminds us that successful people have fun being successful.