UCGHI Student Ambassador Program


The University of California Global Health Institute is seeking applicants across all 10 UC campuses and partnering with Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, for its 2021-2022 Student Ambassador Program. 

This leadership opportunity is open to all students (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, medical, nursing, law, etc.) who are dedicated to personal and professional growth by serving and representing their respective UC or HBCU campus. UCGHI Student Ambassadors will develop, organize, and promote Women's Health, Gender, and Empowerment (WHGE) or Planetary Health (PH) activities on UC campuses and mobilize student, faculty and staff involvement to catalyze critical change. Students will receive a $250 stipend. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to engage with key faculty, researchers, and leaders in either PH or WHGE while also strengthening professional networks.


  • To educate Ambassadors on global health issues with a focus on Planetary Health (PH) and Women’s Health, Gender & Empowerment (WHGE)
  • To integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in global health through a social justice framework, including decolonizing global health and advancing racial equity
  • To actively acknowledge, identify, and dismantle power structures that carry legacies of racism, imperialism, and colonialism in global health through collective dialogue
  • To connect students and faculty across college campuses
  • To train students on how to organize an event/activity related to their designated track (PH/WHGE)
  • To amplify student voices through UCGHI’s social media platforms
  • To create professional growth opportunities for student ambassadors such as leadership positions within program and internship opportunities

As a Student Ambassador:

You will develop a wide range of transferable skills. Student Ambassadors will benefit by getting involved in the campus community, gaining knowledge and expertise on WHGE/PH related topics, interacting with UCGHI, collaborating with campus leaders and faculty members from across the UC, and gaining leadership and advocacy skills.

Student Ambassadors will:

  • Serve as a UCGHI student ambassador from January 2022 – June 2022
  • Commit 2-3 hours per week to the program (the hourly commitment required for ambassadors who receive the student assistant and committee co-chair positions is greater)
  • Participate in monthly COE webinars
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion (and other benefits include networking, mentoring, possible letters of recommendation, etc.).
  • Connect with diverse and dynamic students and experts in the field across 10 UC campuses and the partnering HBCU campus.
  • Meet with COE faculty and/or UCGHI leadership in optional pre-scheduled meetings coordinated by the UCGHI Core team as an additional mentorship opportunity.
  • Attend UC Global Health Day on May 7, 2022 at UC Santa Cruz
  • Participate in an end-of-program activity with fellow student ambassadors presenting group research findings on a topic of their choice


  • Persons with disabilities, Black, Hispanic, and American Indian or Alaska Native, First-Generation students, and LGBTQ+ students are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled at a UC campus (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, medical, nursing, law, etc.) or partnering Historically Black College & University (i.e., Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science).
  • Demonstrate strong communication (written and verbal), including responsiveness to email communication.
  • Exhibit leadership, initiative, dependability, curiosity, and enthusiasm for global health.
  • UCGHI is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment. Applicants are requested to include in their application essay responses how they will further this goal.
  • Interested in Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment and/or Planetary Health topics.
  • Ability to commit to 2-3 hours of work per week from time of appointment.

The Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment Center of Expertise Student Ambassador Program Track

This leadership opportunity is open to all students dedicated to becoming leaders in Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment by serving and representing their respective campus. Student Ambassadors will develop, implement and promote activities that address women’s health, gender, empowerment, campus-based sexual assault and dating violence through research, education, and community engagement. 

The Center of Expertise on Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment (WHGE) envisions a world in which equitable gender norms lead to healthy and empowered women — including UC students. The Center promotes research, education and community engagement both globally and locally to reduce gender and health inequities.

The Planetary Health Center of Expertise Student Ambassador Program Track

This leadership opportunity is open to all UC students dedicated to becoming leaders in Planetary Health (PH) and sustainable development. Student Ambassadors will develop, organize and promote Planetary Health activities on UC campuses to expand knowledge of PH issues, mobilize student, faculty and staff involvement in PH initiatives, and catalyze critical change. This is an opportunity to become a leader that can balance the needs of populations and the planet.

The Center of Expertise on Planetary Health (PH) envisions a healthy planet supporting healthy people. The Planetary Health COE has the ability to galvanize faculty, researchers, and students across the ten UC campuses to address the threats and opportunities surrounding the health of populations and their environments and develop effective solutions. 

Application Procedure:

For questions or more information contact:
Alexis Stanley
UCGHI Communications Manager