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BTC’s New Student Ambassador Program: Current Students Share Experiences with New Students

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BTC students engage in a variety of civic learning experiences. Here they joined in the AIDS Walk Washington, DC

by Krista Heiner, BTC Graduate Assistant

Are you interested in sharing your experiences in BTC with potential students? Do you want to make sure that the BTC community remains active and dynamic? Keep reading!

Whether it is discussing key civic issues in classes like in our fall seminar series “Voting as if the Issues Matter” or engaging in civic life by marching in the annual Whitman-Walker AIDS Walk in Washington, the BTC program thrives on an active community of students from a variety of disciplines who are interested in becoming informed and involved citizens.

An important part of making sure that the BTC community remains as dynamic as ever is recruiting new students into the program. While we have several recruitment strategies and events planned for the fall (and suggestions are always welcome!), we have found time and again that the best way to get new students interested in the program is through current students. So, in addition to all of the other great ways that BTC helps students to get involved on campus, we are now offering one more: the new BTC student ambassador program. Basically, the program allows current students to share their experiences in the BTC program with potential students at various on-campus events.

First Look Fair is host to more than 500 student clubs and organizations, campus departments and services, local vendors, and community service agencies.

What can you do to get involved? It’s easy!  You can either represent BTC at a recruitment event such as a fair, course or student group meeting for about one hour. Or, you can invite BTC to come to your organization (such as a student group meeting or an on campus program or course) and make a presentation about BTC (you must attend the meeting as well and share your experience in BTC.).  And, as an added bonus you will receive 10 points toward your community participation requirement for the semester!

How to sign up? All you have to do is send an email to me, the new BTC Graduate Assistant, at and specify the date and time of the event that you want to be an ambassador for or you can email me to invite BTC to your student organization. Opportunities will also be posted to BTC’s Facebook page and sent out on the weekly BTC Update email.

Interested? Sign up now for our first big event, the First Look Fair on September 12 and 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on McKeldin Mall, by emailing me your preferences for a one-hour time slot.


Editor’s Note:  Krista Heiner is the new Graduate Assistant for BTC. She’s very excited to be working with BTC this year and can’t wait to get to know our students. Click here to learn more about her interests and experiences, and please stop by to visit her any time!


Author: btcblogger

Beyond the Classroom (BTC) engages talented and diverse upper level undergraduates from across the university in a selective interdisciplinary living and learning community focused on civic engagement and social change in a global context. The BTC program prepares students to be active and responsible citizens and leaders in a complex, multi-cultural, and global society. We encourage students from all disciplines and majors to realize and develop their potential through an integrated program of academic, experiential, and service components. The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, the world’s largest nonprofit and nongovernmental sector, becomes a place of learning through exciting internships and civic learning experiences.

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