Who We Are
The UGA Mentor Ambassador Program is a year-long leadership experience for undergraduate, graduate, or professional students at the University of Georgia. As a non-credit, Experiential Learning opportunity, Ambassadors of the UGA Mentor Program provide student leaders the opportunity to foster a culture of mentorship at UGA by developing programming, partnerships, and marketing strategies that bring heightened awareness to the UGA Mentor Program while cultivating student’s servant-leadership skills, innovative ideas, and commitment to the UGA Mentor Program.
The Ambassadors of the UGA Mentor Program are committed to advancing the mentoring relationship between students and experienced UGA Bulldogs by creating inclusive and welcoming opportunities for all students at UGA. Ambassadors share their authenticity, different backgrounds, and stories in hopes of empowering others to step outside their comfort zones and seek meaningful relationships with alumni, faculty and staff. Ambassadors are dedicated to working in a respectful, loving, creative, and collaborative environment.
What’s the Commitment?
Ambassadors of the UGA Mentor Program are expected to attend monthly general body meetings as well as committee meetings. In addition to attending at least two meetings a month, Ambassadors are expected to participate in mentee orientations, help organize and staff events, attend speaking engagements across campus or with key stakeholders, and share their mentoring stories through marketing and social media efforts.
Meet the Ambassadors of the UGA Mentor Program
Payton Aussin, Director of Special Programming & Events
Payton Aussin, from Milton, GA, is a fourth-year transfer student majoring in electrical engineering. She loves the UGA Mentor Program because it gives students of all backgrounds the opportunity to connect with a mentor that wants to invest in them. She loves the inclusive environment and the fact that the program is there to support the whole student body. Payton’s advice for anyone considering joining the program is that there is nothing to lose from joining, only to gain!
From Rougemont, NC, Frankie Barnes is an out-of-state, fourth-year student studying public relations. She loves the UGA Mentor Program because “even meeting one mentor can change your life.” She says that that meeting her mentors has been a game-changer in the career field for her, and she can’t wait to continue connecting with people even after she graduates. Frankie urges students to participate in the UGA Mentor Program experience because the UGA Mentor Program Mentors genuinely want to help you and share their resources. It is a great way to connect with people you otherwise would never meet!
Grace Beasley is from Covington, GA and is a senior social work major. What Grace loves about the UGA Mentor Program is the fact that you gain so much insight and knowledge. She says that her mentors are friends that she can call on for advice or if she just needs to talk. Grace’s advice is to not be afraid to be vulnerable with your mentor because this gives you the opportunity to learn and grow.
Audrey Dwyer is a third-year finance and management information systems double major and communications minor from Atlanta, GA. Audrey loves the UGA Mentor Program because she has gained a valuable relationship that has set her ahead of her peers and has provided her with guidance throughout her career journey. She encourages new mentees to take advantage of everything the mentoring relationship has to offer. Ask for help and don’t be afraid to tap into your mentor’s network. They’ve been in your shoes and have loads of advice to give you!
From Suwanee, GA, Kyla Edwards is a senior studying computer science. Kyla loves that the UGA Mentor Program has so many mentors that it provides students with an opportunity to get different outlooks on how each person navigated their college experience. Kyla’s advice for students exploring the UGA Mentor Program is “go for it because the only negative outcome would be missing your shot at a lifelong mentor.”
Sara Ervin is from Commerce, GA and is a nontraditional, third-year Ph.D and send-year Master’s of International Policy student who works full-time. She loves the UGA Mentor Program because it has a large number of mentors that will fit any unique combination of needs. If you are considering joining the UGA Mentor Program, Sara says “this is a life-changing program, and the skills, both soft and hard, that you will gain with a mentor are truly priceless and can be used for the rest of your life.”
Grace Fawcett, Chair of Social Media & Strategic Marketing
From Gainesville, GA, Grace Fawcett is a fourth-year majoring in biology. What she likes most about the UGA Mentor Program is that is gave her opportunities she would not have previously had. Grace recommends participating in the program because you can make of it what you want and it’s completely worth it.
Abir Ghallab, from Kennesaw, GA is a third-year student double-majoring in biology and psychology and is on the pre-PA track. Abir loves the UGA Mentor Program because “it is an organization that genuinely works towards helping students achieve their career goals.” She also loves that it is accessible and does not have fees. The UGA Mentor Program has helped her gain more independence and develop professional communication skills with experts in the field. Abir says that it can be hard to put yourself out there, but that once you reach out, it won’t feel as daunting. As her dad used to tell her, “In order to fly, you must try.”
Emily Goncalves is a fourth-year, public relations major with a minor in public policy and management from Cumming, GA. Emily loves the UGA Mentor Program because it connects her with ambitious people that genuinely want to be helpful. Her advise to students considering participating in the UGA Mentor Program is to join! “The mentorship experience is an unbelievable resource that can and will provide guidance for your future.”
Elena Griggs is from Blairesville, GA. She is a fourth-year studying management with an operations and supply chain emphasis and a Spanish minor. She loves the UGA Mentor Program because it provides students a chance to speak with many alumni who are established in their field of work andallows her to translate what she earns in the classroom to real life scenarios. Elena encourages students to join the UGA Mentor Program because “connecting with a mentor will help you find your place at UGA, prepare you for life post-graduation, and they will become a trusting and friendly guide to assist you in your collegiate journey.”
Pravalika Irukula, whose hometown is Cumming, GA, is a senior biological engineering major. Pravalika’s mentorships have helped her figure out what she wants to do in the future and developed her knowledge about her industry. She encourages students to utilize all the time possible with their mentors, who can serve as both guides and friends. She also loves that there is a diverse group of mentors in the program.
Rose Kanu-Ivi is a nontraditional student from Atlanta, GA. Rose is in her second year of the M.BA. in Finance program and also works full-time. Rose’s favorite part of the UGA Mentor Program is her ability to meet and connect with people who work in industries that interest her. Her advice to students is, “Don’t overthink it. Go for it! Being part of the Mentor Program would provide the opportunity to network, hear different perspectives, and provide access to information that can help with your career choices.”
Sydney McCullough, a Buford GA local, is a senior psychology and public health double-major. Sydney loves the UGA Mentor Program because she loves “the relationship you’re able to develop with someone older and more experienced than yourself.” One piece of advice Sydney would offer is for students to push themselves out of their comfort zone and try something new!
Aria Morrill, Chair of Campus Partners & Community Engagement
From Atlanta, GA, Aria is a junior majoring in Food Science and Culinary Science & Nutrition. What she loves about the UGA Mentor Program is that her mentor helped her find her dream job and continually reaffirms that she’s pursuing the right career field. Aria believes that you will get out of it what you put into it. She also says that even if you don’t have a perfectly-fitted mentor, you can still learn valuable lessons and that the UGA Mentor Program is a really unique opportunity to gain insider insight.
Kevin Nwogu is a fourth-year student from Stone Mountain, GA majoring in management with a minor in leadership in student affairs. Kevin loves that the UGA Mentor Program is for any and everyone no matter your background or what you are looking for. His advice to students considering to join the UGA Mentor Program is to tailor the experience to you—from finding a mentor to time commitment. Kevin loves that this is a transformational and impactful program!
Annie Patel is a local of Lilburn, GA. She is in her third year of cellular biology and she is minoring in Spanish. Annie loves the UGA Mentor Program because it has many resources to help you during your mentorships, such as goal-setting and career development activities. Her advice is to showcase your interest and motivation about your future career plans because the advice you get from your mentors will help you gain more understanding and confidence.
From Dallas, GA, Mahi Patel is a senior majoring in international affairs. She loves the UGA Mentor Program because as a first-generation student, it has allowed her to seek guidance and find a sense of community while learning to navigate life in college. She recommends anyone considering participating in the program to join because you can make long-lasting, meaningful connections with the UGA alumni mentors.
Nikita Shah is a third-year, biology major from Lawrenceville, GA. What she likes most about the UGA Mentor Program is that she was able to receive reliable advice about her future from someone who has achieved what she is working towards. Nikita believes that a mentor is one of the greatest things to have in order to further your future—it’s some who can advise you and support your goals.
Annie Stagnaro is from Malvern, PA and is a senior marketing major. Her favorite thing about the UGA Mentor Program is that is has helped her feel more prepared to take on a full-time position and has helped her gain more professional skills. Annie’s advice to students is, “Just do it! The UGA Mentor Program can really take you one step further towards your professional goals. You never know who can help you along the way, so network with as many people as you can and be open to receiving advice.”
Cassie Turner is a fourth-year marketing major and transfer student from Covington, GA. Cassie loves the UGA Mentor Program because our mentors are volunteering their time, even with their busy schedules, to help students. Her mentorships have helped her grow by giving her more confidence in herself and her abilities, as well as helping her in her internship application process.
Request Ambassadors for an Event
If you are faculty or staff and it would be helpful for an Ambassador of the UGA Mentor Program to volunteer to speak about the UGA Mentor Program and their experience at your event or in your class, you can submit an online request. Please allow at least two week’s notice when requesting student leader volunteers.
Apply to be an Ambassador of the UGA Mentor Program
Applications to become a 2022-2023 UGA Mentor Program Ambassador will open in February.
If you have questions about the application process or the Ambassadors of the UGA Mentor Program, please contact Destiny Loyd.