Ambassador Program Description

Ambassadors are graduate students and new professionals working on campuses across North America to create networking opportunities and expand the knowledge of ACPA.  They are the lifeline connecting their institution to ACPA and other institutions across the country. Ambassadors build and maintain a community within ACPA that focuses on innovative ideas and knowledge sharing. This opportunity is also intended to serve as an initial leadership position to prepare graduate students and new professionals for future leadership roles in ACPA. Ambassadors will have many opportunities to serve ACPA while engaging in valuable networking, leadership opportunities, and career development. Ambassadors have many opportunities to get connected with other coalitions, commissions, and communities of practice, contribute to ACPA publications, and host networking events at their institution or in their states or regions all while maintaining a presence within the Graduate Students and New Professionals Community of Practice.

Simply put, the Ambassadors Program serves as a gateway to opportunities not only within ACPA but across the field of higher education and student affairs through a curriculum-based engagement experience. Scroll down to the How to Get Involved section to learn more about the application process.


How to Get Involved

Ambassadors-in-Training can apply and be selected for our cohort-style program. This year, our Fall cohort will run September - November 2021 and applications will go live in the middle of July. Our Winter cohort will run December 2021 - February 2022 and applications will go live in the middle of October. Check back here or on our social media for the application information!

Have you been a part of the Ambassadors Program in the past? Please join our LinkedIn Alumni Network!


Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Ambassadors Program, email us at [email protected]. You can also learn more about our program and connect with us through our social media:


Ambassador Leadership & Coordinator Team

The Ambassadors Program is led by a Vice-Chair (a 2-year elected role) and two Assistant Vice-Chairs (selected by the Vice Chair via application process). The Vice-Chair serves as the primary contact or connection point from the Ambassadors Program to different areas of our association, including the Graduate Students and New Professionals Community of Practice, in which the Ambassadors Program falls under, and the International Office. The Assistant Vice-Chairs manage the different operational and functional areas of the Ambassadors Program and work directly with the Coordinator Team. As a unit, the Leadership Team provides vision and advocates for the needs of the Ambassadors Program on the larger stage as well as provides professional development for the Coordinator Team.

The Coordinator Team contributes to the vision and needs of the program by assisting the Vice-Chairs with areas of the program. The Coordinators facilitate a small cluster of Ambassadors where they are able to provide a space for education, networking, and personal and professional growth.

Collectively, each of these roles make up a part of the larger Directorate for the Graduate Students and New Professionals Community of Practice. To learn more about the different areas of our Community of Practice, meet the entire Directorate, or contact a member of the Directorate, visit our Directorate page.