Three separate headshot photos of student ambassadors. On the left is Tiffay, in the middle is Ronalda, and on the right is Karen. They are all smiling at the camera.
Thursday, February 22, 2024

Celebrating Black student leaders in Science

By Sarah Fullerton 

Digital Communications Specialist 

Every February, we take the time to honour and celebrate the contributions of Black leaders throughout history. In our classrooms, we are fortunate to have Black student leaders who excel in their academic pursuits and serve as role models for the rest of our UW community.

These individuals selflessly donate their time and energy to guide and support first-year students, paving the way for future generations of Black students in science. Let us take this opportunity to recognize and appreciate their efforts and achievements as we continue fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for all students at UW.

A man smiling, he is wearing a maroon shirt. Natural daylight is shining through the windows in the background.

Ronaldo (he/him)

Program: Biomedical Sciences

Year: 4               

Why did you become a science ambassador?

I chose to become a student ambassador to represent and amplify the voices of underrepresented communities on campus. Being a student ambassador allows me to actively engage with prospective students who may come from similar backgrounds, offering them guidance, support, and inspiration. I hope that this will foster a campus environment where every individual feels valued and empowered to succeed. By taking on this role, I aim to challenge stereotypes, break barriers, and pave the way for future generations of Black students to thrive academically and personally at the University of Waterloo.

A woman smiling with a thumbs up. She is wearing a white bucket hat, a white lab coat, and his holding a stuffed animal.

Karen (she/her)

Program: Psychology, Medical Physiology minor

Year: 2

Why did you become a science ambassador?

Since accepting my offer, I was welcomed into the Faculty of Science and the University of Waterloo with smiling faces and helping hands! When I'm participating in a lab or a club event, I always feel like I belong and can openly be my best self. The unmatched level of support I experience allows me to thrive in and outside the classroom. Paying it forward, being a student ambassador is so rewarding because I can help prospective students feel confident in their decision to choose science at UW. I also love sharing with others how exciting it is to combine passions for psychology and biology within my program! Whether it's giving tours or having individual conversations with future students, I enjoy demonstrating the limitless opportunities here at the University of Waterloo!

A woman smiling against a plane backdrop. She is wearing a salmon shirt.

Tiffany (she/her)

Program: Biomedical Sciences

Year: 3

Why did you become a science ambassador?

The University of Waterloo offers an amazing community, and I wanted to be part of a team that showcases that. Before becoming a Science Ambassador, I volunteered for many UW events, such as You@Waterloo Day and Chem Lab open days. I thoroughly enjoyed engaging with prospective students at these events and was searching for a role where I could continue to do so. I still remember how special it felt when I received my handwritten letter from a current science student, and I want to instill this same feeling of belonging to prospective students. This role allows me to engage with a diverse range of students and show them what makes our university unique. I love answering students’ questions during our Open Houses and sharing fond memories while doing Science tours.