Meet the Ambassadors
Lena is a third 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 2nd 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 is pledging the fraternity Beta Theta Pi.
Mason is a 4th year from Atlanta, Georgia. Mason is a Biology major with a minor in Global Studies in Education. On grounds, he is a representative for University Judiciary Committee, a Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry, and a Pharmacology Research Assistant. Mason also spends his time volunteering with Madison House and as an EMT, and is also a member of TEDxUVA, and Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Lucy is a third 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 Third 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 2nd 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 T
Connor is a 3rd 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 Recruitment 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 graduating 3rd year from Washington, North Carolina, Sarah’s interest in Latin America has prompted her to pursue studies in Spanish and Government at U.Va. Sarah enjoys traveling, and spent the summer of 2015 studying in Valencia, Spain with U.Va. Valencia, and the spring semester of 2016 studying at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Córdoba, Argentina. Around Grounds, Sarah sits on the Board of Directors for the Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group, tutors Spanish for the CAST program, and interns at the Center for Politics. In the remaining hours of the day, Sarah enjoys reading good books, eating All-Star Breakfasts at Waffle House, and emulating Leslie Knope in all ways possible.
Michael Kamer is a 3rd year from Lexington, Kentucky, and is majoring in Commerce and Foreign Affairs. Within McIntire, Michael is pursuing a concentration in Accounting and a track in Global Commerce. Outside of school, he is involved in the McIntire Investment Institute, the University Democrats (and local Democratic campaigns), UVaClubs Student Ambassadors, and the Virginia Undergraduate Law Review. He enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling. He has studied abroad in Paris, France through the J-Term in Paris program and will be spending the spring semester at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
A 2nd 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 third 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 second 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.
Anna is a 3rd year from Arlington, Virginia double majoring in chemistry and biology. Outside of class, Anna works as a research assistant in the pharmacology department of the medical school, is involved in the Echols mentoring program, and volunteers at a farm. She is passionate about piglets, Bodo’s bagels with hummus, and the Buffalo Bills.
A 3rd year transfer into Echols from Bowie, Maryland, Morenike is on the pre-Med track studying Public Health, Anthropology, and Foreign Affairs. Morenike spends most of her time working with Universities Allied for Essential Medicine, the Student Global AIDS Campaign, the Black Student Research Network, and is an OAAA Peer Advisor. She also spends her time volunteering as a tutor at Venable Elementary.
A 4th year from Alexandria, Virginia, Chris is working towards a B.S. in Environmental Science, specifically forestry and agroecology, with a minor in Urban Planning/Land Management and Landscape Architecture. On Grounds, he is the Head of Operations for Greens to Grounds and is an instructor for the University Salsa Club. Chris studied abroad with U.Va. Urban Planning in Germany and Switzerland the Summer of 2015, and will be an exchange student at the University of Otago, New Zealand Spring of 2016.
Alex is a 2nd 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, Chi Omega, and loves anything related to babies, puppies, and chocolate chips.
Owen Robinson is a fourth-year from Pelham, New York, and is majoring in English and Cognitive Science. As part of the English distinguished major program, he is spending his fourth year writing a thesis on Emily Dickinson’s poetry. Outside of academics, Owen has been involved with the Cavalier Daily, the Men's Ultimate Frisbee team, and Madison House. He enjoys running, hiking, and photography, and spent the spring of his third year in Spain with U.Va.’s Valencia program.
A 2nd 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.
Chuck is a 3rd year from Virginia Beach, VA majoring in Human Biology. On Grounds, he is involved as a Senior Resident in Lambeth, volunteers with the Service Fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, as a Peer Health Educator, and with Project SERVE. Chuck spends most of his free time watching sports, especially his beloved Orioles.
A 3rd 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.
A 2nd year from Charlottesville and originally from Suzhou, China, Eric is looking into majoring in Government, Cognitive Science, or Foreign Affairs. He is involved with the U.Va. Academic Competition Club, the Miller Center for Public Affairs, Moot Court, the Jazz and Trumpet Ensembles, Wilson Journal for International Relations, VISAS, IRO, and University Democrats. He also volunteers for Madison House and participated at the PULSE leadership institute.
From Memphis, Tennessee, Leeraz is a second 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.