College Ambassadors: The Future Leaders of our Movement

Written by: Markese Bryant, College Ambassador Program Associate

Class 2 of the College Ambassador Program

It’s been almost a year since I first met the 2011 class of Green For All College Ambassadors. As I greeted the thirty students from around the country at our Washington, D.C. training, I thought to myself, “These are the future leaders of our movement.” 

I could not help but wonder if this was how civil rights activist Ella Baker felt when she organized black college students to form the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. For me, it was extremely exciting to see the best and the brightest from 15 Historically Black Colleges and Universities all in the same room for the same purpose---to raise the eco-consciousness of their fellow students. After three days of training, I developed strong bonds with these students and they officially became Green For All College Ambassadors—on a mission to change the culture of their campuses.

Over the past year, I’ve watched these young leaders overcome challenge after challenge as they planned and executed activities to engage their peers in a range of environmental issues. The ambassadors cultivated their community organizing skills as they formed partnerships with other student leaders and promoted their workshops and campaigns.

The College Ambassador Program exposed these students to new career options and inspired many of them to make changes in their personal lives, including changing their eating habits, energy consumption and transportation choices. Together, the ambassadors influenced many lives—including mine.

Below are some highlights from their work:

  • AAMU Ambassadors Nara McCray and Samjulien Carlisle launched a campaign to expose members of their student body to the problems caused by water scarcity. Their efforts were recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative University. Watch the video here.
  • CAU Ambassadors Janica Johnson and Brianna Ford helped to develop a culture of recycling by getting their campus to compete in the Recycle Mania challenge— an annual eight-week recycling competition between more than 600 colleges and universities across the United States.
  • Claflin Ambassadors Miranda Garcia and Darius Stanton worked to conduct a light audit on one of Claflin’s buildings and worked to ensure that students were deeply engaged in Claflin University’s efforts to become more sustainable.
  • DSU Ambassadors Chanel Paul and Kierra Paige participated in the Benchmark Division of Recycle Mania to increase students’ participation in the DSU Recycling Initiative.
  • Dillard Ambassadors Asti Davis and Michaela Miller launched an urban agriculture campaign designed to educate students on the benefits of healthy eating and the importance of supporting local farmers.
  • ECSU College Ambassadors Courtney Strickland and Ryan Lawrence hosted a campus wide event called “Green The Block” which joins on-campus organizations with off-campus organizations to address environmental issues affecting their community.
  • FAMU College Ambassadors Korbin Miles and D.A Robin launched a campaign to centralize various student-led sustainability efforts on campus and raise eco-consciousness among the student body, staff and faculty.
  • Howard College Ambassadors Brittany Stallworth and Falon Shackelford hosted a successful event called “Green Is The New Black.” The event featured over 35 businesses and non-profit organizations looking for the next generation of leaders in the green sector. Students and community members alike took the opportunity to engage with businesses and get information on job openings and internship opportunities in a range of areas.
  • JSU College Ambassador Lauren Summers worked with her mentor, former GFA College Ambassador Alicia Crudup, to coordinate the 2nd Annual JSU Environmental Week.
  • Lane College Ambassadors Lashelle Moss & Jermell Rivera launched an E-Waste Recycling campaign to educate students about the negative impacts of landfills and to encourage Lane College to recycle electronics.
  • Morehouse Ambassadors Anthony Gause and Steven Cornish worked on a two-fold campaign to engage the men of Morehouse in sustainability through two initiatives: a green ministry event and a campus-wide Earth Day event.
  • NC A&T Ambassadors Jamin Tunstall and Starlyn Robinson created the FAT Foods survey, which was designed to gauge student perceptions of the health of food on campus and near campus, and to assess their knowledge of the relationship between diet and disease in the African American community.
  • SSU Ambassadors Danielle Bailey and Latesha Whisby organized students to advocate for the development of a Sustainability Department at Savannah State.
  • Spelman Ambassadors Jainaba Fye and Kandyce Perry worked to incorporate environmental literacy into the Spelman College New Student Orientation to ensure that incoming freshmen for years to come understand Spelman’s commitment to a sustainable future. Watch the video here.
  • Wilberforce Ambassadors Donald Brooks and Na’Asiaha Simon embarked on a campaign to establish a recycling program in the dorms. They educated the student body on the basics of recycling by holding a Residential Life recycling competition. Check out this video here.

Green For All is honored that these dynamic young leaders joined our network and we are looking forward to the wonderful things they will all accomplish in the future. Congratulations to the Second Class of Green For All College Ambassadors!

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