Meet the graduate ambassadors

Ariel Seay-HowardPh.D. student in communication

I chose Wayne State because of its strong research record. I knew that I was interested in researching racial violence from a communication perspective, and Wayne State could provide me with the tools to strengthen my research skills.

Tiara HintonPh.D. student in pharmaceutical sciences

As a scientist and a Warrior, I am proud to be a part of a community that does cutting-edge health research to aid in improving the lives of others.

Ta'Shara Francis-BrownMaster's student in law

As a single mother of two boys, I want to be able to show them that the path to higher education is attainable.

TiKilah TurnerMaster's student in social work

I LOVE the hustle that each Detroiter either has or grows to know. Detroit hustles harder—no ifs, ands, or buts about it! 

Gibson KiruiPh.D. student in chemistry

I wanted to be a graduate ambassador because it provides me with a platform to meet new people, build a sense of community, and engage in diverse interactions. 

Alicia ArkwrightMaster's student in public administration

I'm proud to be a Warrior and part of a community that understands the importance of having a wide variety of life experiences present at the table.

James MallarePh.D. student in kinesiology

I love the people, their resiliency, and their ability to make everyone feel like they are part of a family regardless of your race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation—a characteristic that is uniquely Detroit.

James LiakosMaster's student in business administration

I always knew I wanted to pursue education beyond a bachelor's degree. My twin sister also went to grad school, so I couldn't let her show me up.

Kianna MateenMaster's student in business administration

The sense of community and opportunity to engage regularly with Detroit make me proudest to be a Warrior.

Alexandria Ballard SimsDoctor of Nursing Practice student

I believe that the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will provide me with the tools to use evidence-based programs to close the gaps in health disparities in heart and kidney diseases in Detroit.

Tracy A. BoycePh.D student in learning design and technology

The thing I like most about Detroiters is our creativity. We add our own unique flavor to everything—from food and fashion to art and music. Detroit is home to some of the most innovative and talented individuals in the world.

Become a graduate ambassador

Looking for a resume builder while earning some money toward your tuition? The Graduate Ambassador program provides graduate students an opportunity to give back through a variety of methods, including: Graduate School events (both in-person and virtual), the Graduate Research Symposium (March), webinars, and other virtual and in-person meetings with prospective graduate students. Additionally, Graduate Ambassadors will serve as social media liaisons for the Graduate School, sharing and promoting events and content with their networks.

The program pays a tuition scholarship of $500 in fall semester $500 in the winter semester. 


  • Be enrolled as a graduate student at Wayne State University for at least one full academic year. 
  • Maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. in your graduate program. 
  • Must be able to attend a one-hour mandatory orientation (virtual) meeting in September. 
  • Must be able to attend (4) monthly meetings for the academic year starting in September 2021. 
  • Must maintain at least two (2) active social media profiles across any of the following platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. 
  • Write at least two original articles for the Graduate School (250-500 words) per semester on a topic mutually agreed upon by the writer and Graduate School team. 
  • Share at least two social posts per month per account (up to two accounts) promoting Graduate School events, campaigns, or articles. 

The application is currently closed and reopens every summer

Please contact Graduate Programs Outreach Specialist Shantelle Cavin at or (313) 577-0096 with any questions about the Graduate Ambassador program.


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