Graduate Ambassador Program

Graduate Ambassadors
Graduate Ambassadors serve as representatives of the George Washington University graduate student experience. Ambassadors are in charge of implementing events to connect graduate students with the university community. They  are available to answer questions for current and prospective students about the university, housing, various curriculum, clubs, activities and more importantly to share their own personal experience as a graduate student at GW. 
Responsibilities of a graduate ambassador include but not limited to
Develop and offer programs to the graduate community to enhance positive interactions between graduate students   across multiple disciplines. 
Support graduate students in their adjustment to graduate school and the GW culture.
Greater connect graduate students to the institution and the Washington DC area. 
If you have any questions about living in DC, being a student at GWU, or simply want to make a connection, please don't hesitate to reach out! Please email if you are interested in learning more about the Graduate Ambassadors Program.

2016-2017 Graduate Ambassadors

Christian Howard

Having spent 4 years as an undergraduate at GW and the last 8 years in the Washington DC area, I wanted to be an Ambassador because it allows me the opportunity to share my experiences and knowledge of GW to prospective and current students.

Hobbies: I enjoy exploring the great outdoors, programming, reading, playing board games, and watching way too much tv. Also, I am a diehard sports fan and will always cheer on the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, and Washington Nationals.

Research Interests: Database Theory and Design, Data Analytics, Software Engineering, Python, JavaScript

Brian Miller

Hello, it is my great pleasure to serve as your graduate ambassador this year. As the child of two Air Force parents, I've lived all over the world. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. My goal is to foster a more connected graduate community that is not partitioned off by degree specialization, but strengthened by diversity.

Hobbies: Cycling, Hiking, Basketball, Festivals, Exploring new businesses, Game of Thrones, Stumbleupon,


Rachel Décoste

What is essential to a fruitful educational experience in America is that learning occurs both inside and outside the classroom. For those who are eager to plunge into American culture, I welcome the opportunity to go beyond the usual tropes and Hollywood phantasms -- into the tapestry of diversity which makes America so unique. I look forward to sharing the journey with the GW international student community.

Ambassador Area(s): Sorry, I only know Dupont Circle and the Smithsonian museums of AfroAmerican and American History. I’ve also been to the White House garden tour, the Mall and the Cherry Blossoms I am often lost when I leave my bubble.

Hobbies: Vice President of Black Graduate Student Association, Writing op-editorials on immigration, race and diversity; TRX Boot Camp class at Lerner Health Wellness Center, GWU Haiti, practicing Portuguese, and promoting the French language.

Research Interests: Immigration Policy, Immigrant Integration, African and Caribbean History, Multiculturalism in Canada vs. USA vs. Brazil, and Public Policy & Administration.

Kirk Williamson

Hello, and welcome to the GW graduate community! It's an honor to serve, not only you, but the GW community at large. I am currently a second-year MPH in Health Policy candidate and Research Assistant in the Department of Health Policy & Management at GW Milken Institute School of Public Health. I'm thrilled to get a chance to organize meaningful events that bring us together in order to strengthen our community ties and to help all of us integrate, socially. Let me know if you have any ideas, concerns, or would like to sit down to talk more about graduate student life in the D.C. Metropolitan area. I look forward to meeting you and best of luck in your academic pursuits!

Hobbies: concerts/live shows, running, kayaking (really anything to get me outdoors and in the sun), traveling, reading, fitness, and attending any of those free events in D.C. we always hear about!

Research Interests: comparative health policy, comparative effectiveness of therapies in rare diseases, maternal & child health, bioethics, emergency preparedness, federal policy-making, advocacy, distributive justice, and payment reform.

Ali Mohamed

The value of studying at GW is tremendous thanks to its supportive community and academic excellence. The university and the city have a lot to offer and can change your life to the better. Learning from the experiences of other graduate students can save you lots of time and efforts. Therefore, I am here to help you excel inside and outside the classroom and make optimal use of your time at GW and in DC. You can get the study done and also have fun. Raise high, Colonials!

Hobbies: Attending events and conferences in DC, sightseeing, cycling, participating in interfaith dialogues, reading, cooking and doing extra-curricular activities. On-Campus Involvement: GW Interfaith Council, GW Toastmasters Club and the International Student Community.

Research interest: Sectarianism in the Middle East, Islamic law, comparative religions, Islamic political thought and the relationship between religion and violence.

Behzad Koosha

Hello GWU graduates! I’m very excited to be a part of this team to assist GW graduate students across their journey. I’m very familiar with the DMV area and our school; I’m sure this can be advantageous for anyone who might want to know more. My experience in traveling to many places around the globe will definitely become useful while we engage in this journey. I’m looking forward to supporting activities and events along this academic year. Feel free to contact me if you have anything in mind :)

Hobbies:Biking, playing Backgammon, Badminton & Volleyball, Socializing with people from different backgrounds

Research Interests: Wireless Communications innovations, International politics, US stock market

Jaclyn Brennan

I am so excited to be serving as one of your Graduate Ambassadors this year! Graduate school can be challenging, so it is important to know the resources which can help you reduce stress, expand your network, and make your time at GW the very best it can be. You have already taken the first step in checking out our group of helpful graduate students, and we look forward to making you feel right at home!

Hobbies: I love traveling, running, exploring DC, meeting new people, listening to live music, watching football, doing puzzles, volunteering, and vegan baking.

Research Interests: Biomedical Engineering, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Heart Failure, Biomaterials, Electron Microscopy

Victoria Costa

Hello! As a graduate ambassador, I am thrilled to serve as a representative of the George Washington University graduate student experience. I hope to provide opportunities for graduate, distance, and professional students and facilitate community development among these populations. I look forward to events where we can all meet, learn from one another, and have fun. Feel free to reach out to me at any time!

Hobbies: My hobbies are traveling, food/trying new restaurants, museums, music, exploring new cities and places, walking/running around DC.

Research Interests: I am interested in pediatric pathology research, the study of diseases in the pediatric population.