University of California, Riverside

School of Public Policy

 Dean's Student Ambassador Program

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Dean's Student Ambassador Program

Peer Mentorships
All students are welcome to come in for a peer mentorship session with ambassadors during their set weekly hours (through Week 10) to discuss the public policy major/minor, talk current news and events, get advice on classes, and much more. 
Undergraduate Ambassador Peer Mentors:
MPP Ambassador Peer Mentors (open to all students; by appointment only):
For general questions or to make an appointment, please contact

As part of the marketing, communications and events arm of the UCR School of Public Policy, the Dean’s Student Ambassador Program is a leadership and student success initiative geared towards developing high-achieving public policy students and actively building the School's brand awareness and reputation.

  • View the directory of current ambassadors.
    •  Ambassadors are cream-of-the-crop public policy students who serve the UCR School of Public Policy as:

      • brand advocates
      • school representatives
      • outreach marketers
      • recruiters
      • event staff
      • role models
      • peer mentors

      Ideal ambassadors are leaders among leaders who adhere to the shared values of the program:

      • Dedication
      • Enthusiasm
      • Professionalism
      • Teamwork
      • Customer Service
      • Conscientiousness
      • Initiative
      • Refinement
      • Communication

      Selection Guidelines:

      • Student AmbassadorsApplications must be declared UCR undergraduate public policy students (both majors and minors - freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors expecting to remain a fifth year) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) students who have attended UCR for at least one quarter.
      • All applicants must have a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA.
        • For undergraduates, exceptions can be made for students who compensate with high public policy/upper division major GPAs and/or whose transcripts do not include any Ds or Fs from the past year. Transcripts from previous higher education institutions are taken into account for undergraduate transfer students.


      • All ambassadors serve on an ongoing basis until graduation, depending on continuing satisfactory performance. They are expected to:
        • demonstrate academic excellence and maintain strong quarter and cumulative GPAs; they must sign a release form to allow SPP staff to review GPAs on a quarterly basis
        • maintain the highest ethical standards of academic honesty
        • attend bi-quarterly (2x per quarter) general assembly meetings
        • wear business attire
        • allow use of their images for marketing purposes on the website, in brochures, etc.; by signing a photo/video release form
        • be available to participate in ambassadorial work during each quarter of the academic year of their service (fall, winter, spring)
        • be available for focus groups
      • Additionally, undergraduate ambassadors:
        • Must attend all orientation sessions and pass a probationary quarter
        • Must attend a minimum of 4 events per quarter
        • Must participate in 1 committee (Community Service and Events, Outreach, or Peer Mentorship) for each year of ambassadorial service (and all associated activities)
        • Must attend committee meetings, up to 4 per quarter
        • May apply for leadership positions as chairs and gain management experience
        • May provide peer mentorships to the public policy student population via office hours on a voluntary basis per quarter
        • May volunteer for events geared toward undergraduate student recruitment
      • MPP ambassadors:
        • Must attend all orientation sessions and pass a probationary quarter
        • Must attend a minimum of 1 event per quarter
        • Have no committee expectations
        • Must provide peer mentorships to undergraduate ambassadors; no office hours expectations
        • May volunteer for events geared toward MPP recruitment
      • Read a comprehensive overview of the ambassador program and its expectations.
      • For further questions about expectations, or to schedule an informational coffee chat or a shadowing opportunity with a current ambassador, please contact the Chief Ambassador.

       Benefits of Being an SPP Dean's Student Ambassador:

      • leadership and management opportunities
      • public speaking development opportunities
      • networking opportunities
      • serving as the student face of the School in marketing materials
      • receiving branded gear exclusive to ambassadors
      • special recognition at commencement
      • potential for letters of recommendation for the most qualified ambassadors

      How to Apply:

      • Apply either via the undergraduate ambassador applicationor the MPP ambassador application. Deadline to apply is April 30th, 2018.
      • Interviews will be conducted as applications come in.
      • Qualified applicants will undergo a first interview with a search committee comprised of the Marketing Manager and the Chief Ambassador at a minimum.
      • Finalists who are advanced will be invited back for a group interview in a simulated mixer setting with the Dean and current ambassadors.
      • Notifications will be made at the end of spring quarter. Ambassador service will begin after mandatory orientation sessions in the summer (to be conducted September 24th and 25th, 2018).

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

School of Public Policy
Anil B. Deolalikar
Founding Dean
Professor of Economics

Student Affairs
Tel: (951) 827-2334

Dean’s Office
4133 CHASS Interdisciplinary South
Tel: (951) 827-5564

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