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 three Ambassadors:

Bri Alonso-Vazquez:

Bri Alonso-Vazquez is a first-generation Senior majoring in Information Science and minoring in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. She is Nahua, her family originating from Mexico. Bri has been a student ambassador for the Center since her Sophomore year, focusing on providing office support, creating graphics for the Center, and supporting Center initiatives. She created a website for 2020 American Indian Heritage Month, compiled a list of universities with land acknowledgements, and has conducted interviews with local Native women to highlight their accomplishments. Her academic interests include information inequity, data ethics, and constructions of race in colonial Abya Yala (Latin America). She enjoys video games, cats, and poetry.

Amir Hossain:

Amir Hossain is a first-generation Junior double majoring in Psychology and Exercise Sports Science. This is his first year as a student ambassador for the Center, focusing on mental health support and awareness for not only the Center but the University as well. His academic interests include clinical psychology and physiology. He enjoys skating, weightlifting and is an avid wiener dog enthusiast.

Katelyn Crespo:

Katelyn Crespo is a first generation Junior at UNC double majoring in Media and Journalism and Information Science. She is a new ambassador at the Center for this school year with a focus on media as a medium for outreach. Her academic interests include photojournalism and UI/UX design. In her free time, she likes to paint, study Spanish, work out, and spend time with her three dogs.