Graduate School ambassadors are selected for their determination and hard work in their studies, as well as their ability to share their knowledge and experience with perspective students. They represent a range of degree programs, matched by a wide variety of life experiences.
Become a graduate ambassador
Graduate ambassadors have the opportunity to give back to Wayne State University by participating in Graduate School events, webinars, and other virtual and in-person meetings with prospective graduate students. The graduate ambassador program pays a tuition scholarship of $500 in fall and in winter semesters.
Applications open in May each year.
Meet the 2017-2018 graduate ambassadors
Yuliya Harris is currently completing her master's degree in public administration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As a long-time Wayne State Warrior, she completed her undergraduate degree in slavic studies with a minor in political science and then continued to work for the university in international programs. She is currently the vice president of Pi Alpha Alpha Honors Public Administration Society. Off campus, Yuliya has been an active volunteer with Alternatives for Girls since 2015. Yuliya is one of the 2018 American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Founders' Fellows.
As an immigrant herself, Yuliya has always had the passion and drive to work with other immigrants and be an advocate for more inclusive and immigrant-supportive communities. She currently works as a communities coordinator for the Welcoming Michigan initiative. Upon completion of her degree, she is planning to work as a diversity and inclusion specialist within a local government. Yuliya is proud to be part of the diverse Wayne State University student body, and hopes to share her years of experience with others. Some of her favorite things about the University are the incredible faculty, fantastic study abroad programs, and extracurricular activities.
Lawrence Robinson Jr. is a social work master's candidate, 2018, at Wayne State University with a concentration in community building and organizational leadership. He aspires to lead community and government based collaboration initiatives that combat poverty and social isolation for youth who reside in under-resourced communities. His professional background in government and the nonprofit sector includes leading, counseling and mentoring youth and young adults. Lawrence currently works as a university counselor technician at WSU TRIO Educational Opportunity Center and is a case manager and youth prevention specialist at The Yunion Inc. In addition, he serves as an intern with City Connect Detroit and previously served as the assistant to the Director Youth Services for the City of Detroit's Mayor's Office.
Sarah Kawar is a student in the basic medical sciences master's program in the Wayne State University School of Medicine with pre-dental aspirations. She was raised in Dearborn Heights, a suburb of Detroit, and has lived there her entire life. She attended the University of Michigan for her undergraduate studies and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History of Art in 2015.
With a passion in research, she has worked as a research assistant at the University of Michigan School of Medicine in a genetics lab studying CMT disease and at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry studying TMJ Disorder. As a peer advisor in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, she led 30 students in a biweekly seminar that taught topics relating to research and professional development. Sarah is an active volunteer at the Michigan Humane Society and expresses her love of animals by caring for abandoned and sick animals as a Pawsitive Start Cat Enrichment Volunteer. Sarah loves her time at Wayne State University and exploring the amazing city of Detroit.
Nathaniel Arndts is a student in the Joint Master's Degree Program for History and Information Sciences, with a specialization in archival administration. He has worked and volunteered for libraries, museums, and archives for the past seven years, making exhibits, answering reference questions, and cataloging records. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in history from Albion College in 2014, he decided to further pursue his passion for information science at Wayne State. His decision to attend Wayne State was based on good work experiences with several alumni. He was also drawn to the university's location in central Detroit, which provided him access to a variety of work and volunteer opportunities to apply what he learned in class.
He currently serves as the president of the Wayne State Chapter of the Society of American Archivists, where he collaborates with other information science students in seizing opportunities to develop their skills and expand their professional networks. After graduating, he hopes to work as an archivist, with the expectation that his multiple degrees and out-of-classroom experiences will make him more competitive in the job market.