Student Ambassador Board

What better way to help foster and encourage a culture of service on campus than by leveraging a group of passionate Hopkins students that share an interest in social justice, civic engagement, and community service! The Student Ambassador Board work together throughout the year to make a positive impact within our Hopkins and Baltimore Communities. Above and beyond their rigorous academic priorities, they find time to volunteer as student leaders in SAB and truly help the Center for Social Concern meet its vision and mission.

Student Ambassador Board members have many responsibilities such as:

  • meeting regularly with the Center for Social Concern to provide feedback and advice on strategic decisions facing the Center
  • serving as an ambassador of the Center for Social Concern and represent the Center at various events throughout the year
  • facilitating reflection sessions on campus and initiating conversations about service within the Center for Social Concern’s student groups

Interested in becoming a member of the Student Ambassador Board? Read more below.

Still have questions? Contact Caroline Ouwerkerk, Assistant Director, Center for Social Concern.

Become an SAB Member

The Student Ambassador Board seeks to recruit approximately 15-20 members each year. Members can serve on the board for multiple years.

All of our Student Ambassador Board Members have been selected for the 2016-2017 academic year. If you are interested in becoming a Student Ambassador next year, you’ll need to submit an application when it’s available in fall 2017. You can learn more about the position and the application process by visiting our Leadership Opportunities page or check out our current Student Ambassadors below.

2016-2017 Student Ambassadors

Lauren Bernard ’20

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Major: Medicine, Science, and the Humanities

Lauren Bernard is a first-year Medicine, Science, and the Humanities major originally from Leawood, Kansas. She is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, the Visionaries, and Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations. She looks forward to sharing her passion for experiential learning and CSC student groups as a member of SAB!


Luke Bonanni ’19

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Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Luke Bonanni is a second-year Molecular and Cellular Biology major from New Jersey. He is a member of HERO, the Tutorial Project, Thread, and is a certified EMT and AHA CPR instructor. He’s excited to reflect on educational and public health issues as a member of the Student Ambassador Board!


Anna Clements ’17

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Major: Neuroscience

Anna is a senior Neuroscience major from Northern Virginia. She is a member of the Varsity Track & Field team, Alpha Phi and Nu Rho Psi, and she is an Admissions Representative for the Office of Admissions. She is looking forward to spreading awareness about service on campus, as well as the CSC, as a member of the Student Ambassador Board.


Ellie Damstra ’20

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Major: Psychology and Writing Seminars

Ellie Damstra is a first year majoring in Psychology and Writing Seminars, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is involved with Active Minds and is a member of the club lacrosse team. She hopes to be an advocate for mental health as a member of the Student Ambassador Board.


Soyun Kim ’19

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Major: Neuroscience

Soyun is currently a sophomore neuroscience major. She is originally from Boulder, Colorado but she currently lives in Seoul, South Korea. Soyun is a member of SARU hotline, Tutorial Project, and does neuroscience research on depression and bipolar disorder. She is looking forward to becoming more involved with the Baltimore community through the Student Ambassador Board!


Maya Lapinski ’20

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Major: Biomedical Engineering

Maya Lapinski is a freshman from Baltimore, Maryland, majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She’s involved in Tutorial Project, Charm City Science League, and Hopkins’ Sexual Assault Resource Unit. As a member of the Student Ambassador Board, she’s super duper excited to help get people involved on campus and to give back to the city that she loves so much.


Jake LaRochelle ’20

photo of Jake LaRochelleMajor: Political Science

Jake LaRochelle is a first-year Political Science major, originally from Naples, Florida. He is an attorney in Hopkins Mock Trial, an Operations and Technology Committee Member at The Johns Hopkins Model United Nations Conference, and a tour guide for Blue Key Society. He’s looking forward to sharing his passion for servant leadership and community service as a member of the Student Ambassador Board.


Christine Lopez ’20

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Major: Public Health Studies

Christine Lopez is a freshman majoring in public health. She is in the Hopkins Jazz Band, takes piano lessons at Peabody, and is a member of the Alpha Phi Omega community service fraternity. She can’t wait to bring her passion for educational equality and her dedication to service to the board this year.


Eillen Martinez ’20

photo of Ellen MartinezMajor: Medicine, Science, and the Humanities

Eillen Martinez is a freshman majoring in Medicine, Science, and the Humanities. Eillen is a Venezuelan raised in Orlando, Fl. She serves in the health clinic at the Esperanza Center with SALUD, is involved in SHARE and HOPE-MAPS, and also dances with Baila–the Latin dance group on campus. She’s excited to serve as a Student Ambassador to help create an inclusive environment of service on campus that encourages students to think creatively and critically about how their individual skills, talents, and gifts can drive positivity in the community.

Anish Mokha ’20

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Major: Neuroscience & Economics

Anish Mokha is a first-year Neuroscience and Economics double-major from Fremont, California. He is involved in service clubs on campus like Habitat for Humanity, Hopkins for the Homeless, and THREAD, and plays tennis with the club tennis team in his free time. He’s looking forward to continue his passion for service and encourage his peers to take part in service projects as a member of the Student Ambassador Board!

Peace Obi ’19

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Major: Neuroscience & Economics

Peace Obi is a second-year Public Health major, originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She is involved with Hero Lab, Baltimore Collegetown Leadershape, and various Christian campus ministries. As a member of the Student Ambassador Board, she is most excited for the opportunity to work with passionate Hopkins students who are invested in serving the city of Baltimore!


Oluwadamilola Oshewa ’20

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Major: Neuroscience

Oluwadamilola Oshewa is a first-year Neuroscience major from Newark, New Jersey. On campus, she is involved with the Black Student Union, African Student Association, and the Johns Hopkins Catholic Community. She’s excited to continue promoting social justice and activism on campus as a member of the Student Ambassador Board!


Lauren Ralph ’20

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Major: Public Health Studies

Lauren Ralph is a freshman Public Health major from Indianapolis, Indiana. She is on the cheerleading team, as well as involved in debate and Student’s Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations. She also works at the Office of Academic Advising. Lauren is looking forward to making asset-based service a top priority at JHU as a Student Advisory Board member!


Isadora Schaller ’20

photo of Isadora SchallerMajor: International Studies Major
Minors: Spanish and Women, Gender & Sexuality

Isadora Schaller is a first-year student from Hamilton, NY, majoring in International Studies and minoring in Spanish and Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is a member of the competitive Model United Nations team, Alexander Hamilton Society, Chamber Choir, and Women’s Club Soccer. She is very excited to share her passion for gender equality and social justice as a member of the Student Ambassador Board.

Jane Shin ’19

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Major: Public Health Studies and Sociology

Jane Shin is a second year Public Health and Sociology major, originally from Seoul, South Korea. She is involved in Public Health in East Asia Symposium, THREAD and poverty research. Jane is looking forward to sharing her passion for resolving social inequality in Baltimore neighborhood and encouraging culture of community service as a member of a Student Ambassador Board!


Kamil Taneja ’20

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Major: Neuroscience

Kamil Taneja is a first-year Neuroscience major from Odessa, Florida. He is involved with Tutorial Project, The Triple Helix, and Ex Numera. When he isn’t sleeping, he likes to listen to music, play ping pong, and stuff himself with Indian food. Kamil cannot wait to share his passion for teaching and volunteering as a member of the Student Ambassador Board!


Madelynn Wellons ’20

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Major: Sociology

Madelynn Wellons is a first-year Sociology major, originally from Annandale, New Jersey. She is involved in Tutorial Project, Adoremus, Cooking 4 Love, SDS Advisory Board, and Musicare. She’s excited to help others in the Baltimore community and expand accessibility in service projects!


Emily Whitney ’20

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Major: Molecular & Cellular Biology and Writing Seminars

Emily Whitney is a first year Molecular and Cellular Biology and Writing Seminars major from Glen Ridge, New Jersey. She is the current music director for WJHU and is involved in the Newsletter. She is excited to help create a culture of service and social awareness at Hopkins with the rest of the Student Ambassador Board!


Alyssa Wooden ’20

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Major: Public Health Studies

Alyssa Wooden is a first-year Public Health Studies major from Acton, Massachusetts. She writes for Hopkins Interactive and the Johns Hopkins News-Letter and plays saxophone in Wind Ensemble. As a member of the Student Ambassador Board, she looks forward to sharing her leadership skills and passion for community service.