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 [email protected] if you are interested in learning more about the Graduate Ambassadors Program.

2017-2018 Graduate Ambassadors


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


Ashley Smith

Hello, I am honored to serve as a Graduate Ambassador this year! I am a second year American Studies and a Colorado native currently  living in Washington, DC. Moving from Denver to DC while starting graduate school has been a challenging and rewarding transition. I look froward to being a GW Graduate Ambassador and helping fellow graduate students connect and enjoy their time here. GW and DC have a lot to offer and I cannot wait to share these experiences.

Hobbies: Reading, Hiking, Cooking, Traveling, Watching Movies, Golfing, and Visiting Historic Sites.

Research Interests: Historic Preservation, Memory Studies, Public History


Justin Dobbs

I am super delighted to be serving as a graduate ambassador this year. I've gained lots of knowledge about DC over the past four years that I can't wait to share with all of you. My goal, through Graduate Ambassador events, is to help many more students become acquainted with this amazing city.

Hobbies: Volunteering with the Humane Rescue Alliance, playing kickball on the national mall, some swing dancing here and there, and cheering the Baltimore Ravens. 

Research Interests: Finance, financial software


Luisa Mariño

I am from Bogotá, Colombia and a 2nd year Art Therapy student. Living in D.C. has been a culturally and life-enriching experience, and I hope you all get to visit all the wonderful places in the city. I am grateful to be serving you as a Graduate Ambassador and look forward to meeting people from all around the world. Feel free to contact me to know more about GW student life and events, or if you want to explore the city!

Hobbies: I love spending time with my family and friends, hiking, yoga, cycling, running, cooking, traveling, art, watching movies, and music. 

Research interest: Art Therapy, Social Action, trauma disorders, well-being, educationl, childhood and youth.


Stephanie Wicks

It is a true pleasure to serve the graduate students at George Washington University this year. In my time here at GW as well as Washington DC, I have found many things to love. The city itself is beyond beautiful and I consistently find myself still in awe that I live in the nation's capital. DC is full of monuments, wonder, and fantastic food! This is a prime location to embark upon one's educational career as a graduate student.

GW is a strongly-knit community of bright individuals. The commonality I have found among the students here across all disciplines is passion. GW is full of intelligent individuals ready to learn and become involved in not only their studies, but the community. I look forward to serving as an ambassador serving the student body and helping with amazing events throughout the year!

Hobbies: Hiking, Kayaking, Weight lifting, Traveling, Eating

Research Interests: Blood Spatter, Latent Fingerprints, Firearms, Toolmark investigation


Joanna Park 

Hello! I am very excited to serve as one of your Graduate Ambassadors this year. Graduate school can be difficult and may feel different from your undergraduate experience, especially being in a big city like Washington, D.C. Although DC can be overwhelming at times, the city has so much to offer and I hope to help you reduce stress, connect with a wide variety of people outside your program and make the time at GW enjoyable. Feel free to reach out to me anytime and I look forward to meeting everyone!

Hobbies: Cooking, Baking, Painting, Drawing, Traveling and exploring new places, visiting breweries, Game of Thrones, and listening to Ed Sheeran.

Research Interests: School Counseling and Child Development


Cierra Saylor

Hello everyone and welcome to the GW Graduate Community! I am excited to have you here. We have a lot planned for this academic year and as a fellow Graduate Ambassador, I am happy to help. Here at GW, I am in the Security Policy Studies program through the Elliott School. I am also a Thomas Pickering Fellow through the Department of State. Regardless of the specific school you attend, all of our events are open to the entire GW graduate community. So if you happen to see me around, let me know if you have an idea for our next event. I look forward to meeting you and have an amazing academic, professional and social experience.

Hobbies: Attending concerts and live performances, rock climbing, hiking, traveling, motivational speaking, reading, trying new foods, volunteering, basketball, learning languages and going to festivals. 

Research Interests: International Relations, Counter-terrorism, Political Psychology, Intelligence, Conflict Resolution, Middle East Policy, Cross-Cultural Communications.


Ritika Bhattacharya

Hey all you Colonials - George Washington it is! I've been such a consistent tourist to the states for a decade, and yet couldn't have been more thrilled to get accepted in the Milken Institute of Public Health for Global Health Epidemiology. After two years of working as a doctor in India (my home), the step to DC has been a big and exciting one. Now that you begin yours, I can't wait to show and learn so much more about keeping it classy, comfortable and in the Capital! It's always good to know your academic and recreation opportunities- a good reason to be a part of the GW community, and I'll try my best to help you connect those dots further, across cultures and time zones. Stay beautiful and in touch!

Hobbies: Ideal day involves my dogs, parrot & family in front of the radio or watching rom-coms to Ben & Jerry's, idolize Beyoncé, swear by Potter-Poirot reading, swimming, dramatics, debating and undying love for Bollywood dancing. Best part about being in this city-dressing up, socializing and free food!

Research Interests: I am really passionate about extending my abilities and scope as a physican, to improve access, communications and interventions of healthcare, in the world health scenario. Being a passionate dog lover as well, I wish to improve life of the strays.