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Fall 2020 Rutgers University–Newark Impact Report: A Seat at the Table


A Seat at the Table

The School of Public Affairs and Administration’s Student Ambassador Program is a multilevel leadership opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students who subscribe to the values of competence, diversity, knowledge, ethics, and service. Donors who give to the school’s Ambassador Support Fund fuel this professional development experience for students selected to represent the school in various initiatives, including admissions and engagement.

Graduate student Samantha Minchello wanted to be an ambassador “because it is an opportunity that is mutually beneficial to both me and the greater SPAA community. Not only does it enhance my leadership skills, build my network, and allow me to participate in professional development opportunities, but it gives me the chance to give back to the SPAA community by giving the students a seat at the table with the administration. I am proud to help be the voice of the larger SPAA student body and help build a stronger, more diverse, and inclusive school.”

Ambassadors collaborate with students, alumni, faculty, and staff via committees that address

  • recruiting and retaining the next generation of public service leaders
  • raising funds for the giving priorities promoted by the school
  • building bridges among students, alumni, faculty, and staff to create new opportunities for engaging with the greater Newark community
  • fostering discussions on creating change that positively influences the school community

Ambassadors appreciate the opportunity donors have helped make possible. “To the donors who have supported this program, we could not thank you enough,” says Minchello. “The School of Public Affairs and Administration is training the next generation of public administrators who have the ideals of public service and leadership. Your contribution to these future leaders helps ensure that they will have the training and resources necessary to achieve.”