Meet the Ambassadors
Lena is a fourth year from Las Vegas, Nevada double majoring in Psychology and History and is particularly interested in issues pertaining to mental health, human rights, and social justice. On Grounds, Lena is the Secretary of the Echols Council and is an intern for the UVA Initiative on Religion, Politics, and Conflict researching trauma and moral injury in religiously-persecuted groups. In the past, Lena interned for Blue Ridge First Step, an outpatient program for substance abusers in Charlottesville and was a research assistant for Tim Wilson’s Psychology Lab in Affective Forecasting. Additionally, she is involved with the Global Development Organization, National Alliance on Mental Illness, her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, and is a self-proclaimed and very devout foodie.
A third year and Charlottesville local, Patrick is looking into double majoring in Psychology and Biology with a minor in Bioethics. He is involved with One in Four, Honor Dorm Reps, the leadership retreat PULSE, Madison House, and Beta Theta Pi.
Lucy is a fourth year from Richmond, Virginia double majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and Global Security & Justice. She is particularly interested in refugee resettlement and speaking Arabic and spent the summer of 2016 studying in the lovely little kingdom of Morocco. During the school year, you can find Lucy working at the International Rescue Committee in downtown Charlottesville, organizing meetings for the UVA Arabic Conversation Club, eating Spicy Senegalese Peanut Tofu soup from Rev Soup, or, occasionally, flopping in the pool with her buddies from Club Swim
Victoria is a fourth year student in the College, studying PPL (Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law) and Philosophy. She is passionate about social justice, and hopes to pursue a career in advocacy law after attending law school. Victoria is from the sunny state of Florida, and loves coffee and dogs. She is a member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, coaches middle school debate in the Charlottesville Debate League, and tutors third grade students through Madison House. Victoria is also involved with the International Relations Organization’s Wilson Journal and high school VAMUN conference. When she is not in the classroom or participating in extracurricular activities, Victoria can be found in a local coffee shop or listening to some new indie tunes. She is a spirited Wahoo through and through and is so glad that she made her way up north to attend this amazing university!
A third year from Manhattan, New York, Isabelle is currently pursuing Biology, Economics, and Entrepreneurship as an undergraduate at UVa. On Grounds, she is involved as the TEDxUVa Chair of Speakers Committee, the Partnerships Coordinator at HackCville, a community for creative students interested in entrepreneurship and start-ups, and a member of her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha.
Connor is a fourth year from Chesapeake, Virginia, majoring in Human Biology and minoring in philosophy. On Grounds, Connor is a brother of the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, the Co-President of the Flash Seminars, the Chair of Social and Community Engagement for the Echols Council, and an intern in the Lysosomal Disorder Unit of the School of Medicine’s Pediatric Genetics division. When he’s not busy with school, Connor enjoys watching most any sporting event, learning how to knit, and trying to pet any dog he sees.
A third year from Leesburg, Virginia, Sabrina is double majoring in Biology and Global Security & Justice (hopefully!) with a minor in French. On grounds, she dedicates most of her time to Triathlon Club, College Republicans, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, and her internship at the Miller Center for Public Affairs. She plans to study abroad in Melbourne, Australia next fall, but when she’s not dreaming about scuba diving and bungee jumping, she’s probably looking for dairy-free desserts or FaceTiming her dog.
Juliana is a fourth year from Walnut Creek, California, majoring in Public Policy and Media Studies and minoring in Spanish. On Grounds, she’s a member of the University Guide Service, Class of 2018 Council, Camp Kesem, the Virginia No-Tones a cappella group, and her sorority, Delta Gamma. Highlights of her university experience include facilitating History of Mr. Jefferson’s University, a one-credit interdisciplinary studies course; studying abroad in Valencia, Spain; serving as an Orientation Leader; and working to bring FairED, a nonprofit aiming to eliminate the achievement gap in higher education, to UVa.
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Mary Garner is a third year from Fluvanna County Virginia, about 20 miles from Charlottesville. At UVA, Mary Garner studies politics and is involved with the Roosevelt Society, The Fireside Chats for Echols Council, Sustained Dialogue, the International Relations Organization, the Global on Grounds Committee, and she serves as a Resident Advisor in First Year Dorms. She loves to travel and has studied abroad twice, first on the Fall ’14 voyage of Semester at Sea and then at the Dalai Lama Institute in Bangalore, India in the summer of 2016.
Alex is a third year from Ashburn, Virginia hoping to major in Human Biology with a minor in psychology. Outside of academics, Alex spends most of her time as a medical scribe in the UVA emergency department, a house manager at Old Cabell Hall, and the outreach chair for the Bioethics Society. She is also highly involved in her sorority, and loves anything related to babies, puppies, and chocolate chips.
A third year from Houston, Texas, Megan is interested in Politics, English, and the interdisciplinary Environmental Thought and Practice major. She also intends to pursue a Master’s in Public Policy from U.Va.’s Batten School in either the five-year or Accelerated Undergraduate program. Megan is a probationary committee member for the Jefferson Society, the Vice Chair for First Years on the University Judiciary Committee, and a member of the fundraising committee for Habitat for Humanity. She also spends her time volunteering on grounds as an Arts Mentor and Sustainability Advocate.
A fourth year from Suffolk, Virginia, Kayla is double majoring in Biology and Religious Studies and minoring in Bioethics. Outside of academics, she is very involved with the Leadership Development Committee on the Black Student Alliance, the Marketing & Communications Committee on Student Council, the UAA Support & Community Service Committee, Madison House, and is a University Achievement Award Mentor.
From Memphis, Tennessee, Leeraz is a third year studying public policy and commerce. Outside of class, Leeraz works as a research assistant in the Batten School. She is also involved in the University Guide Service, Student Council Academic Affairs Committee, her sorority Delta Gamma, and as an Associate Producer for the Pioneer, an online student media publication.
Jesse is a second year from Seoul, South Korea. Having declared a major in Astrophysics, he aspires to explore the world we live in under a mathematical framework. To probe the most fundamental constituents of matter, he is involved in Particle Physics research at the CMS detector of CERN; to investigate the grandest scales of the universe, he researches in Cosmology at the National Radioastronomy Observatory. Outside of physics, Jesse enjoys playing the guitar and is a member of O'Records, a student music group on grounds. His true passion, however, is brewing coffee.
Katie is a second year from Richmond, Virginia who will be majoring in Spanish with a potential double in Media Studies. Katie’s primary involvement around Grounds involves her role as a member of the all-female a cappella group Hoos in Treble, but she is also involved with the Latino and Migrant Aid department of Madison House, Chi Alpha Christian fellowship, and Kappa Delta sorority. Other than singing and Spanish, Katie’s passions include playing guitar, running, and missing her dogs. Katie is also a lifelong UVA basketball aficionado, specializing in her consumption of The Villa’s chocolate chip pancakes after games.
Lindsey is a second year from Richmond, Virginia, studying computer science and entrepreneurship on a pre-dentistry track. On Grounds, Lindsey is a participant in HackCville's brand new "Hack Track" program, a collegiate member of the National Society of Black Engineers, and a member ofWorks in Progress, where she is actively pursuing an entrepreneurial project alongside other student entrepreneurs. She also is a member of the UVA Office of Admissions Outreach Team's Student Admissions Committee and the University Achievement Award Graduation Planning Committee. Outside of school, Lindsey enjoys exploring new places, spending time with friends and family, volunteering with the U.S. National Park Service, and working with CodeVA, a non-profit that helps expand access to computer science education. One of the highlights of her first year at UVA was studying abroad in Saint Kitts and Nevis during the 2017 J-Term.
Aurora didn’t make a bio so she get’s this neat placeholder instead. A second year hailing from Seattle, Washington, Aurora is a really groovy human who seems to really appreciate all the joys of life.
Amelia is a second year from Arlington, Virginia (another NOVA kid, sorry). Although currently undeclared, she plans on majoring in psychology and possibly pursuing global sustainability as a second major. On Grounds Amelia works as a research assistant in a psychology lab, is a committee chair for Take Back the Night, participates in One Less, and is a member of the outdoors club. Aside from that, she is currently trying (and failing miserably) to learn to play the ukulele in order to fulfill a lifelong dream of having some sort of musical talent, and always manages to find time to squeeze in some good old Netflix binge-watching.
Emma is a second year from Alexandria, Virginia. She’s studying politics and religious studies and is interested in applying to the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. On grounds, she is a volunteer with Madison House at Westminster Child Care Center, a mentor in College Mentors for Kids, and a member of both University Democrats and Sustained Dialogue. If she’s not in the classroom, you can find her binge watching Friends or watching the sunset on Humpback Rock.
Thomas Boswick is a fourth year from Norfolk, VA majoring in French and Global Security & Justice, along with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. On Grounds, Thomas is a brother of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and an active member of Camp Kesem, Arabic Conversation Club and the Department of French Tutoring Services. Outside of the University, Thomas greatly enjoys working with local youth as a student mentor at Monticello High School and an assistant teacher at the International School of Charlottesville. Thomas is a (mostly) proud Redskins fan, an avid traveller and enjoys hiking the surrounding Blue Ridge mountains.
Abby is a second year from Boston, Massachusetts hoping to major in Environmental Science with a minor in Biology. At UVA she is involved in Green Grounds, plays on the Club Ice Hockey team, and is a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. She is passionate about marine biology and loves hiking, playing with her dogs, and jamming out to the Hamilton soundtrack.
Rohit is a second year from Cincinnati, Ohio, majoring in Computer Science and (perhaps) Public Policy. On Grounds, Rohit is the President of the Balz-Dobie Association Council, an Honor Liaison, Keeper of the Jefferson Literary & Debating Society, Vice Chair for the Virginia Model UN conference, Chair of Undergraduate Life for the Student Member of the Board. When he’s not busy with school, Rohit enjoys hammocking, good conversations, and late night adventures.
Hema is a second year from Chesapeake, Virginia hoping to double major in math and economics. Outside of class, Hema is involved with the Fireside Chats committee for Echols Council, Madison House Music Mentoring, Madison House Adopt-A-Grandparent volunteering, the Indian Student Association, University Democrats, and a consulting group called SEED (Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development). She also plays the piano and the violin and is in Kinetic Sound, a student-run instrumental music group. Hema loves to travel and will be studying at the London School of Economics this summer.
Ben is a first year from Washington, Pennsylvania and is hoping to double major in Economics and Statistics. Outside of academics, Ben is a member of the University Democrats, hosts prospective students through the Monroe Society, takes organ lessons, and participates in the University’s coffee club, Grounds on Grounds. In his free time, he enjoys playing racquetball (terribly) and searching with friends for the best cup of coffee in Charlottesville.
A first year from Louisville, Kentucky, Shriya is looking to study Foreign Relations and French. On Grounds, she is an exec board member of the Indian Student Association, does volunteer work with Madison House, and is a member of the International Relations Organization. Outside of class, Shriya can be found traveling with the Model UN team, binge watching Bob’s Burgers, and sipping on Kentucky’s finest: Ale-8 soda.
Connor is a second year from Richmond, Virginia, majoring in Chemistry with a specialization in Materials Science and minoring in Applied Mathematics and Religious Studies. On Grounds, he is an academic peer advisor for ULink, a peer buddy for Best Buddies, and a research assistant for Dr. Jerrold Floro in the Materials Science department. Outside of class, Connor loves to explore the local Charlottesville area, spend time with friends on the Lawn, and support UVA basketball. He is also an avid lover of absurd, hypothetical questions and every dog he meets.
Maitri is a second year from Ashburn, Virginia double majoring in Religious Studies and hopefully Global Public Health, and is planning to utilize these areas of study in her attempts to pursue medical school in the future. She spends her time TAing for Chem1810, being a research assistant at the UVA Institute of Law, Psychiatry, & Public Policy, and helping out around her residential area by participating in the Bice-Language House Association Council. You can also find Maitri chatting with her Spanish-speaking friends at UVA's residential Spanish House, Casa Bolivar, or spending time embracing her culture through Indian Student Association and her Indian-dance team, HooRaas. In her free time, she loves attending UVA basketball games (GO WAHOOS!). watching Netflix, and splurging on Roots from the Corner.
Emily is a first-year student from Charlottesville, Virginia, hoping to major in Statistics. On Grounds, she is involved with PAFN (Peer Advising Family Network), a peer mentoring organization for Asian/Asian Pacific American students; Kinetic Sound, an instrumental music group; and Madison House volunteering. She loves running, playing piano and guitar, and spending rainy afternoons making dozens of origami stars.
Katherine is a first-year student from Clarke County, Virginia majoring in English. Her other academic interests include Russian, Classics, religious studies, and history. On Grounds, she is a member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society and Catholic Hoos. In her spare time, she can be found reading and writing, as well as watching movies, football, and hockey. One day, she hopes to have written the kind of stories she most loves to read. Until then, she will be anxiously anticipating the next installment of Star Wars.
Anna is a first year from Alexandria, Virginia. She is planning on majoring in physics, and possibly minoring in math or economics. Anna loves playing trombone in the UVA Jazz Ensemble, and the highlight of her first semester at UVA was her face being projected onto the Rotunda with the jazz band at the bicentennial celebration! Anna also loves to nerd out with the quizbowl team and the model UN peeps. Lastly, Anna rides her UBike around Grounds as a UBike ambassador, which comes in handy when she is late to class.
Rachel is a first year who hails from the wonderful midwestern metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska. She is planning to declare a major in Government and a minor in Spanish in the near future. She is involved in Best Buddies, works as a Data Research Assistant for the UVA Physics Department, and is Treasurer for the Roosevelt Society, a nonpartisan political dialogue group on grounds. She can commonly be found pointing out Nebraska on the map to those who “weren’t aware” that people ACTUALLY live there and loves drinking tea and making Vine references incessantly.