CSE's Ambassador Program
The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) recognizes the critical need to improve communication between students, staff, faculty and the administration. The Ambassador program has been developed to help open lines of communication and ensure an inclusive and equitable space for all. There are two parts to the program, student ambassadors and faculty ambassadors.
Student ambassadors act as a liaison between students, faculty, and the Dean of CSE. The goal of the program is to cultivate diverse leadership and empower students to explore and speak freely on issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity. One student will be selected from each of the seven CSE departments and will work collaboratively with all constituencies within the college. This is a compensated position. Learn more about the program at the CSE Student Ambassador page.
To me, the most important aspects of the Community Ambassador program have to do with community and collective action. The program has supported me to join a community of STEM faculty who share a common commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accountability. It is validating to see my values reflected in coworkers, and it is illuminating to learn from and with them about systemic oppression and visions for liberation at Western, in STEM, and beyond. The program has also supported the Community Ambassadors to take collective action to respond to distressing current events. For example, in response to the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, Community Ambassadors raised funds to endow a scholarship for Black STEM students. Going forward, I’m optimistic that the Community Ambassador program will continue to prioritize material investment in the success of Western students, staff, and faculty from marginalized groups.Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer, Ph.D. (he/him)Faculty Ambassador since 2019
Faculty Ambassadors act as a liaison between students, faculty, staff and the Dean of CSE. CSE Faculty Ambassadors seek to engage in issues around advocacy, equity, and diversity in STEM. One of our SMATE Faculty is an Ambassador (you can find a full list of the faculty ambassadors on the CSE ambassadors page):