OPAL Ambassadors

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Click here to apply to become an OPAL Ambassador or Education Fellow!

Application review and decision-making will happen on a rolling basis. Informal interviews, either in-person or via video chat, will be scheduled as applications are received.

Mission

OPAL Ambassadors aim to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to create change and engage in productive conversations about diversity, inclusion, and mutual respect. OPAL Ambassadors are diverse student leaders who contribute to the goal of an inclusive campus community by educating on issues of diversity and inclusion among their peers and by helping to create a living, learning, and working environment that is welcoming for members of all identities. OPAL Ambassadors will serve as a valuable resource for their peers and campus partners.

OPAL Ambassadors commit to helping students gain insights, value diversity, and take actions by:

  • Working with the OPAL to plan and facilitate peer workshops, education opportunities, and awareness programs that address a wide range of social justice, diversity, and inclusion issues and topics.
  • Working with OPAL to create electronic campaigns and tabling events to support campus-wide programming efforts.
  • Seeking out opportunities for collaborative projects with student organizations and campus partners.
  • Providing opportunities to develop effective cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Educating on and encouraging the use of bias incident reporting and other campus resources.
  • Becoming a nationally Certified Peer Educator, including certificate, membership card, and resume attachment.

Program Requirements

OPAL Ambassadors must:

  • Demonstrate an interest, passion, commitment, and willingness to learn and educate peers on social justice, diversity, and inclusion issues.
  • Possess a strong interest in issues of difference and diversity and a desire to develop inter-community relationships to support intersectionality and pluralism, with an awareness of local and global cultural issues and concerns.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal communication and presentation skills and/or a willingness to learn and grow.
  • Be highly motivated, patient, enthusiastic, and able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Have the ability to effectively manage time and multiple projects.
  • Be able to commit to serving as an OPAL Ambassadors for at least two terms, with the first term devoted to training.
  • Attend a required weekend training retreat at the beginning of the training term.
  • Attend required weekly team meetings.
  • Be available to commit an average of 4-6 hours a week to the program.

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