UCGHI Student Ambassador Program


The University of California Global Health Institute is seeking applicants across all 10 UC campuses and partnering with Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, for its 2020-2021 Student Ambassador Program. 

This leadership opportunity is open to all students (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, medical, nursing, law, etc.) who are dedicated to personal and professional growth by serving and representing their respective UC or HBCU campus. UCGHI Student Ambassadors will develop, organize, and promote Women's Health, Gender, and Empowerment (WHGE) or Planetary Health (PH) activities on UC campuses and mobilize student, faculty and staff involvement to catalyze critical change. Students will receive a $250 stipend. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to engage with key faculty, researchers, and leaders in either PH or WHGE while also strengthening professional networks.

Black Lives Matter and Decolonizing Global Health

UCGHI is committed to amplifying the voices of historically underrepresented students across the University of California and partnering HBCU institutions in the field of global health. In this collective moment of a global pandemic that impacts underrepresented racial and ethnic communities disproportionally, ongoing brutal police violence, continued injustices and harm across gender and gender non-conforming folks, and rampant climate change; we are seeking to create a space for student voices to address these issues in the context of global health.

Program participants will have the opportunity to engage in collective dialogue to acknowledge, identify, and unpack power structures that carry legacies of racism, imperialism, and colonialism in global health through a monthly webinar series for both Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment and Planetary Health COE program tracks.

As a Student Ambassador:

You will develop a wide range of transferable skills. Student Ambassadors will benefit by getting involved in the campus community, gaining knowledge and expertise on WHGE/PH related topics, interacting with UCGHI, collaborating with campus leaders and faculty members from across the UC, and gaining leadership and advocacy skills.

Ambassadors will be introduced to core concepts in PH/WHGE and how to apply these to real world programs. You will also be able to connect with Student Ambassadors from other UC campuses and partnering HBCU and interact with COE faculty who work with partners around the world to define science, policy and educational investments that advance the vision of long-term sustainability, and foster population resilience to environmental and social change.

The Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment Center of Expertise Student Ambassador Program Track

This leadership opportunity is open to all students dedicated to becoming leaders in Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment by serving and representing their respective campus. Student Ambassadors will develop, implement and promote activities that address women’s health, gender, empowerment, campus-based sexual assault and dating violence through research, education, and community engagement. 

The Center of Expertise on Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment (WHGE) envisions a world in which equitable gender norms lead to healthy and empowered women — including UC students. The Center promotes research, education and community engagement both globally and locally to reduce gender and health inequities.

Additional leadership and educational opportunities for WHGE COE Ambassadors:

  • Global College Campus Violence Prevention (GCVP) Network Student Advisory Committee
  • UC Speaks Up: A three-campus (UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara) qualitative research project aimed to assess the perceptions of the campus environment related to sexual violence and explore how institutional and community policies influence students’ lives and experience.

The Planetary Health Center of Expertise Student Ambassador Program Track

This leadership opportunity is open to all UC students dedicated to becoming leaders in Planetary Health and sustainable development. Student Ambassadors will develop, organize and promote PH activities on UC campuses to expand knowledge of PH issues, mobilize student, faculty and staff involvement in PH initiatives, and catalyze critical change. This is an opportunity to become a leader that can balance the needs of populations and the planet.

The Center of Expertise on Planetary Health (PH) envisions a healthy planet supporting healthy people. The Planetary Health COE has the ability to galvanize faculty, researchers, and students across the ten UC campuses to address the threats and opportunities surrounding the health of populations and their environments and develop effective solutions. 

Additional leadership and educational opportunities for PH COE Ambassadors:


  • Persons with disabilities, Black, Hispanic, and American Indian or Alaska Native, First-Generation students, and LGBTQ+ students are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled at a UC campus (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, medical, nursing, law, etc.) or partnering Historically Black College & University (i.e., Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science).
  • Demonstrate strong communication (written and verbal), including responsiveness to email communication.
  • Exhibit leadership, initiative, dependability, curiosity, and enthusiasm for global health.
  • UCGHI is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their application essay responses how they will further this goal.
  • Interested in Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment and/or Planetary Health topics.
  • Ability to commit to 5 hours of work per week from time of appointment.

Duties of Student Ambassadors:

  • Identify and raise awareness about events and opportunities related to planetary health or women’s health, gender, and empowerment on their campus/community.
  • Promote COE related activities on campus via social media, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
  • Participate in regular (monthly) Student Ambassador webinar meetings.
  • Collaborate with other UC/HBCU students on a group research project for an end-of-program activity in May 2021.

Application Procedure:

-We are currently not accepting applications. 

For questions or more information contact:
Alexis Stanley
UCGHI Communications Manager