University of Georgia Mentor Program

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.

Mission Statement

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

UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Ayoub Abubaker
Ayoub Abubaker is a third-year student from Alpharetta, Georgia. He is studying Biology and Spanish and is on the pre-med track. Ayoub’s last mentorship helped him appreciate the little times someone has helped him. His mentor also inspired him to look forward to helping people when he knows his experience could make a difference in their lives. He hopes students take advantage of the UGA Mentor Program because good things can come out of “working with someone who wants to help you and has your best interests in mind.
UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Alex Behi
Alex Behi is a third-year Biology major from Milton, Georgia. One piece of advice Alex has for students unsure about joining the program is “there is an infinite amount to be learned, and the resources are right at our fingertips. People have come before us and accomplished many things we wish to. Don’t miss a perfect opportunity to gain the invaluable knowledge these mentors can provide.” He also loves the UGA Mentor Program for its ability to “provide a way to connect with someone on a personal level who has walked the path he is currently on.”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Kennady Boyd
Kennady Boyd, a fourth-year Biotechnology major is from Stone Mountain, Georgia. When asked about how her current mentorship helped her grow, she said, “It has helped me problem solve and slowly improve my public speaking skills.” Kennady’s favorite thing about the Mentor Program is having someone in her corner who is in the field she wants to be in.

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Jhenna Daugherty
Jhenna Daugherty is from Blue Ridge, Georgia, and is a fourth year student studying Biology. When asked what her favorite part of the UGA Mentor Program is, Jhenna said, “My favorite thing about the program is the people. Everyone I have met, who is a part of this program, has been so kind. The people of the UMP are so full of compassion and enthusiasm and I love it. Jhenna also says that, “hesitancy in joining is completely normal and is due to beginning to step outside your comfort zone...that feeling is natural and leaning into it and taking that step will allow you to grow outside your comfort zone.”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Jasmine DeLong
Jasmine DeLong, fourth-year Spanish major, is from Augusta, Georgia. Jasmine’s past mentorships have helped her grow by learning how to let go of comparison, and feeling comfortable in her major as well as career choices. She also said that “talking with someone who has been in the same place as her and having a mentor guide has been a great help.” Jasmine’s favorite thing about the UGA Mentor Program is getting to see UGA alumni excited to speak with current students, and she enjoys the range of students and majors that participate in the program.

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Audrey Dwyer
Audrey Dwyer is a fourth-year MIS and Finance major from Atlanta, Georgia. When asked how her mentorship has helped her grow, Audrey said, “It has allowed me to learn about other career opportunities that I was unaware of. I’ve learned to ask for feedback, become comfortable sharing my goals, and have gained someone I can always reach out to for advice.”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Ashley Gatto
Fourth-year Animal Science major, Ashley Gatto is from Savannah, Georgia. The advice that Ashley would offer to fellow UGA students is, “Join! Every mentor I have had is so eager to share their knowledge and experiences with you. They want to get to know you and help you in any way they can. It may seem daunting to reach out, but they are all great alumni!”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Khris Head
Khris Head is a fourth-year Psychology major from Augusta, Georgia. Khris says, “My favorite thing about the UGA Mentor Program is how it supports students and provides them with valuable tools for the future.” Khris also shared that his prior mentorship helped him to figure out what career path he wants to take and the steps necessary to get there. To students unsure about joining the UGA Mentor Program, Khris says, “The UGA Mentor Program can easily adapt to their schedule. They shouldn't worry about an excessive time commitment.”
UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Pravalika Irukulla
Graduate student from Cumming, Georgia, Pravalika Irukulla, is studying Biological Engineering and starting her second year of being a UGA Mentor Program Ambassador. Pravalika wants her fellow students to know that, “We end up with a lot of questions during our college journey and need someone to talk to who has been through this journey already. The UGA Mentor Program creates that platform for us to talk to people who have walked in our shoes and can help us find answers to our questions.”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Anushka Jariwala
Anushka Jariwala, from Suwanee, GA, is a third-year student studying Advertising. Her mentor helped her realize that she should take things one step at a time and that building her career and achieving her goals is a process. Anushka says, “if you're unsure or confused about where to go next in your academic/professional life, a mentor will provide essential insight. If you're confident, you'll gain a source of support that you can talk to about what you're passionate about.

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Pranjal Jariwala
Pranjal is a senior, double majoring in Psychology and Biology. She grew up in Surat, India. Pranjal serves as the Director of our Professional Development and Internal Relations Committee. She loves the UGA Mentor Program because it has something for everyone regardless of their background. Her mentorships have helped her to look at things from different perspectives and to focus on ways she can develop herself and her skills as a person. Her advice to students considering joining the program is to do it! “Joining this program is so worth it!”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Rachel Jordan
From Lincolnton, GA, Rachel Jordan is a sophomore studying Public Relations. Her mentor through the program has offered her advice and knowledge to help her better prepare to be a Grady student. One piece of advice she would like to share with someone considering joining the UGA Mentor Program is that “all of these possible mentors will be connections to help you expand your network. Each one of the mentors you may have will share their experiences and you may find that you are interested in what they do for their career.”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Sahar Joshi
Sahar Joshi is a junior from Suwanee, Georgia, double majoring in International Affairs & Religion. When talking about her mentor, Sahar shared, “My mentor helped me learn that I don't need to change who I am to be "good enough" or impress anybody in a professional environment. This process has helped me grow in confidence, realize that I am just as much of a competitive candidate as anyone else, and compare myself less to others.”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Ben Kemp
Ben Kemp is a graduate student studying RMIN and Applied Consumer Analytics, and is from Loganville, Georgia. When asked what his favorite thing about the UGA Mentor Program is, Ben says, “I love the program’s flexibility. You can have a mentor and learn anything you wish to from them. After a few months, you can continue to maintain that relationship you established or you can pick the next mentor and learn something completely new.”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Zairah Khan
Zairah Khan is a senior Finance major from Marietta, Georgia. Zairah’s advice to students joining the UGA Mentor Program is “to not be afraid when making the first move. The worst that anyone can say to you is "no". If that happens, you just move on. Nothing scary about it and there are endless opportunities once you get that "yes".” Zairah also says that the UGA Mentor Program helped her navigate through college and go from leaving a major she felt stuck in to finding something that she is truly excited about.

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Moira La Fuente
Moira La Fuente is a second-year student from La Paz, Bolivia who is pursuing a major in Biology and minor in Public Health. When asked what her favorite thing about the UGA Mentor Program, Moira said that “it is the easiness and variety that the program offers, in which you can connect with different professionals to learn about their career paths. Being able to talk to them can give you a different insight into the work market.”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Elise Lodde
Second-year Health Promotions major, Elise Lodde is from Roswell, Georgia. Elise got started with the UGA Mentor Program during her first year of school, and started building her personal “Board of Directors” early! When asked about the UGA Mentor Program, Elise said, “you should just go for it!! Your mentors have more advice than you would think and can help orient you.”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Zach Martin
Zach Martin is a 3rd year student from Kennasaw, Georgia. Zach is studying Accounting and Risk Management & Insurance. Through Zach’s mentorships, he learned how branching out to other subject areas can help students develop both personally and professionally. Zach advises students to, “take the first step, recognize that you have a lot to learn and a lot to teach, and reach out to someone who has been where you’ve been.”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Aria Morrill
Meet Aria Morrill, a 4th year student from Atlanta, Georgia, studying Food Science. This is Aria’s second year serving as a UGA Mentor Program Ambassador, and her second semester serving as the Director of the Campus Partners and Community Engagement Committee. When helping fellow students consider the UGA Mentor Program, Aria said, “Either way, you'll be learning something new yourself and help you better position yourself for a successful career in whatever field you choose, even if it's not the one you think you want to be in right now.”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Micayla Moffitt
Micayla Moffitt is a third-year Animal Health major on Pre-Veterinary track, from Acworth Georgia. When asked what her advice to students incoming to or unsure about the UGA Mentor Program would be, Micayla said, “Talk to someone who has been exactly where you are right now, listen to what they have to say and apply it to your life right now. This is the best way to voice your doubts and frustrations!”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Annie Patel
Annie Patel is a fourth-year Cellular Biology major and a Spanish minor from Lilburn, Georgia. Annie says, “Joining the UGA Mentor Program is a great way to learn more about any of the careers you're interested in and those that you don't know much about. All the mentors in this program care about your success and want to help you grow and achieve your goals.” Her favorite thing about the UGA Mentor Program is that “you are given the opportunity to network with so many mentors, and there are many resources and tools on the site to help ensure that you have great mentorship experiences.”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Arianna Romero
From Guayaquil, Ecuador, Arianna Romero is a fifth year Finance major. When asked what her favorite thing is about the UGA Mentor Program, she says, “I love the support system. Everyone is so welcoming and passionate about what they do and they truly want to help you. The program is not THE PROGRAM without its people and that’s what I love about this group.”

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Paige Searles
Paige Searles is a 3rd year student from Anchorage, Alaska, double majoring in Advertising and Business Management. Paige serves as the Director of our Social Media and Strategic Marketing Committee. When asked about her mentor, Paige said, “My mentor helped me gain clarity on my future path, gave me resources to expand my network, and gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams fully.” She also shared that, “Having a mentor in your corner will allow you grow and achieve your goals exponentially faster than you had planned. Mentors are truly a part of the cheat code for success and the time you invest into the relationship will come back to you ten-fold.”

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Nikita Shah
Nikita is a forth-year, biology major from Lawrenceville, GA. What she likes most about the UGA Mentor Program is that she received 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 someone who can advise you and support your goals.

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UGA Mentor Program Ambassador
Elizabeth Williamson
Elizabeth Williamson, from Dunwoody, Georgia, is a 4th year student studying Finance. Elizabeth loves the UGA Mentor Program because it has exposed her to such a large network of UGA Alumni. When talking about the UGA Mentor Program, Elizabeth said, “There is nothing to lose from this connection with a UGA alum, only something to gain.”

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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

The applications for the 2023-2024 UGA Mentor Program Ambassadors will open in February.


If you have further questions about the application process or the Ambassadors of the UGA Mentor Program, please contact Destiny Loyd or Camryn Chiu.