Graduate Ambassador Program

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Our Program

The Office of Graduate and Professional Education’s (OGPE) Graduate Ambassador Connect Program is designed to help new graduate students transition into graduate studies at UD; connect them with other graduate students at UD; celebrate diversity and inclusion within the UD graduate population; and foster a greater sense of community and involvement among graduate students on campus. Our “Connect Program” is based on leading research which shows students who are involved with communities connected to them on campus, have a greater chance of degree completion and satisfaction. We provide an internal network of support here at UD, so Get Involved and Stay Connected!


Who are the OGPE Graduate Ambassadors?

Graduate Ambassadors work directly with the Office of Graduate and Professional Education (OGPE) as official representatives of UD at various events and activities, including but not limited to graduate student orientations; on campus tours and recruitment fairs; Graduate Student Research Forum; diversity celebrations; the Doctoral Hooding ceremonies; and more. Graduate Ambassadors are a group of diverse, enthusiastic graduate students helping to foster an inclusive, accessible, and enriching environment for the University’s graduate student community.

What are the goals of the Graduate Ambassadors? The OGPE Graduate Ambassadors and our programming efforts focus on three key things:

  • to support any needs and concerns that arise among prospective and new graduate students
  • to foster a deeper sense of community and diversity among UD’s graduate student population
  • to provide an opportunity for the Ambassadors to develop and expand their capacity as leaders


Become a Graduate Ambassador!

Do you want to be more active in the UD graduate student community? Do you have a passion for…

  • Event planning/programming
  • Social Media & technology
  • Communication, Advertisement, & Networking
  • Being creative
  • Most importantly having FUN?

Then the Office of Graduate & Professional Education (OGPE) would like YOU to consider becoming a Graduate Ambassador! Graduate Ambassador/mentoring training will be provided.


To Be Considered

  • Have completed one full year of graduate study at UD
  • Are fun, upbeat, positive, engaged, and helpful with others
  • Be sensitive to cultural and gender differences
  • Assist in providing campus tours and coordinating departmental visits
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of graduate student recruitment, social, academic, & diversity events/activities
  • Stimulate & build a graduate community with an assigned group of new students through cluster meetings and social media
  • Have strong communication skills and comfortable speaking in front of a group
  • Knowledgeable of UD and able to direct students toward resources to become academically and socially involved on campus


Service Reward

Graduate Ambassador are awarded a $500.00 stipend per semester applied to their student account pending successful engagement with Ambassador initiatives and programming!


Application Process

Fill out the Application Online Form and send your CV / Résumé to: Dr. Coleman.




Dr. Talia Coleman
Dr. Talia Coleman
Graduate Diversity, Recruitment and Retention

Greetings and Welcome to the University of Delaware’s Graduate Ambassador Connect Program! One of the major areas UD has been focusing on is recruiting and retaining a diverse student body. It is our hope as a University to give our students an exceptional globally-representative environment where all students can learn, change, and grow. One of our goals is to help graduate students become influential leaders within their fields of studies and advanced global citizens giving back to others as they climb mountains.

Our major intended outcomes include: increasing graduate enrollment, retention rates, and graduation rates; facilitating a positive learning and working environment; and building inclusive excellence within our graduate student experience. Students will in turn experience a myriad of personal and academic achievement as well as appreciate the UD experience as a whole with a greater level of satisfaction.

Our Graduate Ambassador Connect Program supports these efforts. Returning graduate students, known as Graduate Ambassadors, are the heart and soul of this amazing program. Besides planning great events and stimulating graduate student life, these Graduate Ambassadors are also wonderful campus tour guides and mentors to new graduate students. Please reach out to our Graduate Ambassadors, if you are need of a campus tour, have any questions/concerns, and/or want to make a new friend. You can reach them at

Remember, the “Connect” program is here for you. Join us now and learn more about our programming and mentoring opportunities. Once you get involved and stay connected you will find greater value in your graduate experiences as a master’s or doctoral student! Cheers to a great year!


Dr. Talia Coleman
Graduate Diversity, Recruitment and Retention


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