Cultural Ambassador Program

What is a UTC Cultural Ambassador?

A Cultural Ambassador is a UTC student who has returned from a study abroad or exchange experience and is interested in giving their time back to the International Programs Office to encourage other UTC students to study abroad, to increase globally-focused activities on campus, and to share their experiences with the rest of campus and the Chattanooga community.

What would I do as a Cultural Ambassador?

These are some examples of past activities:
 
E-mail/contact prospective international students interested in coming to UTC;
• Send welcome notes to new international students;
• Attend the new international student orientations and each new exchange student orientation lunches in August and January;
• Attend the various social outings planned for the incoming exchange students;
• Assist with UTC’s involvement with the Chattanooga Culture Fest in October;
• Help plan and attend campus cultural events;
• Represent UTC study abroad/international/NSE programs at select off-campus international and cultural events- e.g. Culture Fest;
• Speak at our office’s information presentations to students, parents, high schools, etc;
• Plan student ambassador led events for UTC’s international/cultural week, WorldFest;
• Provide culture-related articles from your exchange experience for UTC’s Exchange web site, International Student Organization’s online newsletter and for the ECHO;
• Help us man tables at special UTC events (orientations, admissions events, family weekends, etc.);
• Provide additional ideas for promoting and increasing student exchange awareness on campus;
• Nominate future student ambassadors;
• Provide our office with ideas for additional functions of the ambassadors. 

What would I get out of my participation as a Cultural Ambassador?

Affirming the commitment that you have already made to learning more about a new culture

 

An opportunity to share your experiences with students, faculty, and staff and in that sharing/teaching make a significant contribution to improving the cultural awareness on the UTC campus and in Chattanooga  

 

Occupy a leadership role in spreading “culture” on campus

 

The benefit from having the experience on your resume

What is the time commitment?

You can commit as much time as you are willing and able. Every semester there is a different number of active Cultural Ambassadors with varying levels of commitment. We welcome everyone.