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Diversity Student Ambassador Program

Group photo of diversity student ambassadors for Fall 2018 through Spring 2019 semesters.

The Diversity Student Ambassador (DSA) Program is designed to create opportunities for students to actively engage in activities to advance diversity and inclusion at UNA. The program provides avenues for selected students to facilitate discussions, provide peer diversity training and host diversity related programming. DSA activities seek to promote understanding and respect among all students, leading to a more inclusive campus.

2017-2018 Diversity Student Ambassadors Officers

President: Emperor K. Cosby
Vice President: Tycoria Johnson
Secretary: Davia Young
Assistant Secretary: Yinghui "Mandy" Ma
Treasurer: T'Sharra Woods
Social Media Chair: Hannah Zimmer

2017-2018 Diversity Student Ambassadors

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Ayzia Gholston

Muscle Shoals, AL


Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry and Sociology

Why did you want to become a DSA? I want to promote inclusion throughout the UNA campus.

Brenita Softley

Brenita Softley

Muscle Shoals, AL


Major: History
Minor: Legal Studies

Why did you want to become a DSA? I became a member of DSA so I could promote social justice and be a true advocate for diversity. I want everyone on UNA’s campus to feel like their voices are heard and that they matter.

Crystal DiBenedetto

Crystal DiBenedetto

Savannah, TN


Major: Social Work

Why did you want to become a DSA? Our society is made up of many different cultures, genders, race, religions, and sexual orientations. My desire is to celebrate this, and show support by bringing awareness to our diverse campus.

Davia Young

Davia Young

Huntsville, AL


Major: Exercise Science
Minor:
Biology

Why did you want to become a DSA? To spread new ideas and bring together new ideas and meet new people.

Emperor Cosby

Emperor K. Cosby

Rogersville, AL


Major: Social Work

Why did you want to become a DSA? Because I want to change the world.

Hannah Zimmer

Hannah Zimmer

Brewton, AL


Major: Political Science & History
Minor: French

Why did you want to become a DSA? I wanted to be an advocate for diversity and a voice for students who sometimes feel excluded.

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Justin Daniel

Birmingham, AL


Major: Architectural Engineering
Minor: Interior and Exterior Design

Why did you want to become a DSA? A community is only as strong as the bonds that make it up, so I became apart of DSA to explore, understand, and take part in ideas to strengthen communities of different backgrounds and outlooks throughout the campus of UNA.

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Katrice Crews

Phenix City, AL


Major: Social Work

Why did you want to become a DSA? I want to become more culturally aware and and embrace the diversity that is on campus.

Kayla Cleveland

Kayla Cleveland

Madison, AL


Major: Political Science
Minor: Public Administration

Why did you want to become a DSA? I live in a southern state where I don’t often see people mixing and mingling with people that are different from themselves. So, I have always made it my mission to surround myself with people that are different from me. Over the years, I have learned new things from people with different economic, cultural, and social backgrounds. I want to apply the things that I have learned to an organization that is going to support my plans and ideas to get other students at UNA to educate themselves on the various cultures, social and economic situations in the world.

Kayla Toeran

Kayla Toeran

Tuscaloosa, AL


Major: Biology

Why did you want to become a DSA? I chose to be a Diversity Student Ambassador because I wanted to focus on peer education around diversity and inclusion by developing and assisting with programs targeted towards all communities represented on campus. As an individual, I wanted to bring diverse perspectives and be dedicated to the continuation of support for all members of our community in the pursuit of all-inclusive excellence through diversity.

Kijana Mitchell

Kijana Mitchell

Brewton, AL


Major: Political Science & History
Minor:
French

Why did you want to become a DSA? I wanted to be an advocate for diversity and a voice for students who sometimes feel excluded.

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Kyle Hall

Birmingham, AL


Major:Entertainment Industry Technology

Why did you want to become a DSA? To help everyone understand that we are all equal and that we should all love each other.

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Mary K. Morris

Fair hope, AL


Major: Political Science & Spanish
Minor:
Legal Studies

Why did you want to become a DSA? I wanted to become a DSA because I feel that society is becoming increasingly polarized, and the effort to promote the principles of diversity, inclusion, and understanding on campus is a cause worth fighting for. These qualities have united us and made us great in past times, and will continue to strengthen us in the future.

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Sturgis Baxter

Tishomingo, MS


Major: Computer Science
Minor:
Mathematics

Why did you want to become a DSA? Appreciating diversity is key to living successfully. I joined DSA in hopes that I too could bring a little diversity to the table.

T'Shara Woods

T'Sharra Woods

Sumiton, AL


Major: Nursing

Why did you want to become a DSA? So I can spread diversity throughout the UNA campus.

Taylor Gunter

Taylor Gunter

Milwaukee, WI


Major: Fashion Merchandising
Minor:
Marketing, Communication and Technology.

Why did you want to become a DSA? I wanted to be a part of DSA because I wanted to be involved with a organization on campus that supported the rights and inclusion of everyone. The differences of all the student at UNA are what makes our school great.

Tycoria Johnson

Tycoria Johnson

Birmingham, AL


Major: Public Relations
Minor:
Concentration in Crisis Communication

Why did you want to become a DSA? I joined DSA, because I wanted to actively participate in helping individuals understand diversity from many different areas.

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Tyela Rutland

Florence, AL


Major: Human Resources Management
Minor:
Spanish

Why did you want to become a DSA? I️ wanted to become a DSA to be a part of a group that celebrates, appreciates, and encourages diversity on the campus of UNA.

Tymeria Mackey

Tymeria Mackey

Anniston, AL


Major: Elementary Education
Minor:
Collaborative

Why did you want to become a DSA? I wanted to become a DSA for a number of reasons. I wanted to not only be involved on campus but be a part of an experience that makes a difference. I wanted to expand on my college experience and meet great people. I feel that diversity is extremely important and necessary, DSA seemed to be the perfect organization. I think DSA provides an opportunity to have an impact on others, network, and also gain experience that will prepare me for career success.

OutstandingContributions

Kijana Mitchell receives DSA
award for Outstanding
Contributions as 2016-2017
DSA President

OutstandingMember

Emperor Cosby is recognized
as the Outstanding DSA
Member for 2016-2017