The American Indian Center’s (AIC) Ambassador Program is designed to provide students working at the Center the skills, opportunities, and mentoring necessary to be successful in their personal development while at Carolina.

The Ambassador’s Program has allowed the Center to grow its staff by hiring student ambassadors to help carry out the mission of the Center.  Our Ambassadors are hardworking, respectful, and work collaboratively with the Center staff, campus partners, and Native communities across the state.

In general, Ambassadors are expected to:

  • Promote Center programs and initiatives through social media and marketing
  • Assist in event planning, preparation, and clean-up for Center activities
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Update the website and other social media outlets
  • Manage communications and documents in the electronic filing system
  • Maintain a welcoming environment for all our Center’s guests and attendees

This year, the AIC will host five Ambassadors:

Blake Hite:

Blake Hite is a Lumbee/Cherokee student who was born and raised in Pembroke, North Carolina and is currently a senior who is studying Anthropology and American Indian and Indigenous Studies with a minor in History. On campus Blake is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, serves as the Secretary for the Carolina Indian Circle, and as the Vice President and Secretary for Phi Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc., At the Center Blake serves as the Research Ambassador. After graduation Blake hopes to enroll in a sociocultural anthropology PhD program so that he can research contemporary American Indian societies and show the world that American Indians are a modern-day people. A fun fact about Blake is that he can speak three languages; English, Brazilian Portuguese and Cherokee. 

timblake@live.unc.edu 

Jasmin Lazore:  

Jasmin is a current Junior who is Mohawk and Cambodian. She is majoring in Political Science and Peace, War, and Defense with a concentration in International Security and Intelligence. She is extremely involved on campus. Jasmin serves as the CIC’s Political Action Chair, is a First Nations Council Member, the Parker Community Governor, on the RHA Board of Governors, the RHA Ethics Board, she is an Enrich English Language Facilitator, an EASE mentor and ASL club member. At the center she serves as the Media Ambassador.

jasminla@live.unc.edu 

Skylar Chavis:

Skylar is a junior studying Communications with a concentration in Interpersonal and Organizational comm. with minors in Entrepreneurship and American Indian and Indigneous Studies. Skylar is a descendant of the Lumbee Tribe. She works as the Marketing Ambassador for the American Indian Center. On campus Skylar serves as the Vice President for the Carolina Indian Circle and is a proud Sister of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc., in which she serves as both the Treasurer and Chieftess.

skylars@live.unc.edu 

Irene Norman:

Irene is a non-traditional Junior who is studying Political Science and American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Irene is Mohawk. For the last seven years she has been living in Asheville and working as a mechanic. On campus she is involved with the Carolina Indian Circle and finds a home with both CIC and at the American Indian Center. At the center she serves a Policy Ambassador. Some fun facts about Irene are that she loves dogs, musicals and comic books.

inorman@live.unc.edu 

Kyla Locklear: 

Kyla is a first-year Lumbee student who is studying pre-nursing. As Kyla makes the transfer from high school to the University of North Carolina she is thankful for the American Indian Center. At the Center she serves as the Administrative Ambassador. Kyla is also involved with Carolina Indian Circle. 

kyla@live.unc.edu