Global Ambassador Program

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Division of International Affairs Global Ambassador Program (GAP) was created to provide students with a service centered opportunity to learn about and practice cultural competencies which are increasingly important for today’s citizens and workforce. Organizations are understanding the need for culturally competent workers and teams. Therefore, the UIW Division of International Affairs feels it is appropriate to offer this leadership program to students to provide training in cultural competencies and the opportunity to inspire, encourage, and impact a diverse community of international students, peers, staff, programs/activities and content. 

GAP Learning Objectives 

The GAP’s learning objectives were created to accompany UIW’s Core Values of Education and Service

  • Education: The University educates men and women who will become concerned and enlightened citizens 
  • Service: The curriculum includes a global perspective and an emphasis on social justice and community service.  

Overall, participants in the GAP program will understand the importance of taking ownership of one's own growth and learning. 

UIW students who participate in the Division of International Affairs Global Ambassador program will be better able to: 

  • Value diverse identities by actively encouraging themselves and others to acknowledge and incorporate perspectives and actions different from their own.
    • Knowledge of identities  
    • Comprehend how those identities may affect communication 
    • Relativism vs absolutism 
    • Apply their knowledge to conversations with others 
  • Incorporate inclusive language in their communication and thought processes with themselves and others.
    • Knowledge of inclusive language  
    • Comprehend how inclusive language affects communication  
    • Apply the knowledge to conversation with others 
  • Advocate for themselves and others by understanding the dynamics of existing power and privilege within a team or community.
    • Knowledge of powers and privileges 
    • Comprehend how power and privilege affects one’s life  
    • Apply the knowledge by advocating for others  
  • Respond to challenges or conflict by thinking critically.
    • Knowledge to recognize problems/needs 
    • Comprehend the problem
    • Apply the knowledge to solve problems by observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication
    • Recognize bias or prejudice held by themselves or others 
  • Take ownership of personal growth and learning 

UIW students who participate in the Division of International Affairs Global Ambassador program will be able to: 

  • Understand their own cultural identities by building a self-awareness of their own biases, fears, and comfort levels 
  • Express their own ideas, views on critical events, and responses to cultural issues while identifying influences on that perspective 
  • Actualize practices that promote inclusion and equity by engaging in social justice and community service (local, regional, and global) 
  • Take ownership of personal growth and learning 

UIW students who participate in the Division of International Affairs Global Ambassador program will be able to: 

  • Develop their personal leadership and communication styles by interacting with international and domestic students as well as GAP peers and advisors 
  • Utilize skills of inclusive leadership by valuing and involving all members of a group for their unique contributions 
  • Build and support effective relationships 
  • Provide objective guidance and feedback based on personal experience and critical reflection 
  • Take ownership of personal growth and learning 

Student Ambassadors

Nayeli Vega

Nayeli Vega

I serve: International and Study Abroad Students
Email: ngvega@student.uiwtx.edu
Major: Bachelors of Business Administration, International Business
Home country: United States
Languages: English
On-campus job: Residence Life, Resident Assistant

Hello, my name is Nayeli! I am a junior here at UIW. I am majoring in international business and minoring in communications. During my sophomore fall semester, I studied abroad at Universite Catholique de Lille in France and it was a life-changing experience. I was able to study my field from a new, refreshing perspective, as well as immerse myself in a new school environment and city culture. I love traveling and meeting new people which is one of the reasons why I decided to become a global ambassador.

Anaeli Álvarez Quintana

Anaeli Álvarez Quintana

I serve: International and Study Abroad Students
Email: alvarez@ciw.edu.mx
Major: Bachelor of Science, Nutrition (Dietetics)
Home country: Mexico
Languages: English, Spanish

I decided to become a GA so I can share my experience and my point of view as a student that was far from home for the first time. Since I am a shy person, it was a challenging but grateful experience and I know that I am not the only person that can feel like a fish out of the water when it's time to live new experiences. Last but not least, I want peers to know that I am easy going and I like to talk and get to know new people. I also like to hear and to help out within my abilities, capacities and my point of view. As a leader, I like to hear the opinion from every person and help everyone feel comfortable to make things more fun and joyful!

Marian Mae Cedeno

Marian Mae Cedeno

I serve: International Students
Email: mcedeno@student.uiwtx.edu
Major: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science?
Home Country: Philippines
Languages: English
On-campus job: Tutoring Center

Hi! I'm Marian Mae Cedeno. As a Global Ambassador I want new international students to enjoy their time here in UIW. I am from the Philippines, so as an international student myself, I can relate to all your inquiries and confusion. UIW is such a vibrant community and we are all excited to have you all here. As for myself, I'm a pretty chill person. I like watching movies on a Friday night while enjoying freshly baked cookies. I love exploring places that are budget-friendly, so parks and museums are my go-to. Let's figure out the bus routes together!

Ana P. Wong San Martin

Ana P. Wong San Martin

I serve: International Students
Email: wongsanm@student.uiwtx.edu
Major: Bachelors in Fine Arts, Graphic Design
Home Country: Ecuador
Languages: English, Spanish
On-campus job: Mission & Ministry

Hello, my name is Ana Wong, I’m 19 years old and I’m a freshman majoring in Graphic Design from Ecuador! I love to do spontaneous things, love painting, jamming to music, traveling, working out and hanging out with friends. Huge animal lover and volleyball lover too. In the small time that I have been in UIW, I’ve made so many great friends, locally and internationally, and I’ve made some of the best memories ever. I love making friends and helping my community, and I’m your person if you need someone to either go have fun or have long talks about life. I decided to apply to be a GA because Id love to have the opportunity to help the new students feel as comfortable as I did when I first arrived, and would love to be a person they can rely on, since I know its really hard to be new in a whole different atmosphere. I know my way around the campus and the great ways to take advantage of it, so I’ll also love to be able to help everyone settle down around it. I’m a natural leader, so anything you need you can trust in me, I’ll be there ready for any challenge.

Anas Zakir

Anas Zakir

I Serve: International Students
Email: zakir@student.uiwtx.edu
Major: Bachelors of Business Administration, Marketing
Home Country: Saudi Arabia
Languages: English, Arabic, learning Spanish!

I'm Anas from Saudi Arabia. I'd like new students to know that I’m approachable, friendly, and willing to assist them in any way they need. I applied to become a Global Ambassador to broaden my academic and international experience. My journey as an international student both in Canada and in the United States encourages me to provide help and mentoring to students who want to make the most of their international experience

Madison Tulaba

Madison Tulaba

I serve: International Students
Email: tulaba@student.uiwtx.edu
Major: Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts
Home Country: United States
Languages: English

Hello! My name is Madison Tulaba and I am so excited to be a Global Ambassador this year. I decided to apply to become a Global Ambassador because I wanted to meet new people, learn about different cultures, and help others. I am currently a junior here at UIW and I am pursuing a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in All-Level Education. If you ever need someone to talk to or have any questions about UIW or San Antonio, I am here for you! I can’t wait to meet all of you!

Dulce Nlavo Mansogo

Dulce Nlavo Mansogo

I Serve: International Students
Email: nlavoman@student.uiwtx.edu
Major: Bachelor of Science, Nutrition (Dietetics)
Home Country: Equatorial Guinea
Languages: English, Spanish
On-campus job:
 Wellness Center

My name is Dulce and I'm 23 years old. I decided to be a global ambassador because I saw it as an opportunity to know people and not only that but also as an opportunity to connect with others, to hear their stories and be able to help them or advise them anyway I can. What I want them to know about me is that I'm a really dedicated person. I love to travel and I love to help others in other way I can, I speak Spanish for those who need help and I'm very excited to meet everyone.

Jacky Zavala

Jacky Zavala

I Serve: International Students
Email: zavalaag@student.uiwtx.edu 
Major: PhD International Education and Entrepreneurship
Home Country: Mexico
Languages: English, Spanish
On-campus job:
Graduate and Research Studies

My name is Jacky Zavala and I am from Mexico City. I am currently studying my PhD here at UIW with a concentration in Education, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I also studied a Master´s in Communications and a B.B.A in UIW. I first arrived as part of the UIW Exchange Program in 2013, and since then I have been acquiring amazing and diverse experiences. During my Master´s in Communication I had the chance to study in Ireland, Limerick. This time in Europe strengthened my multicultural lens and gave me a new perspective about how to develop international business, improve my communication styles and build new relationships. I love learning, teaching, travelling, and meeting new people which is one of my biggest passions.