Downtown Ambassadors is a student organization that provides undergraduates with organizational skills, professional connections, project/event management experience, marketing expertise, and the opportunity to make a positive impact at Wake Downtown.
We are looking for students from a wide variety of academic disciplines who are looking to sharpen their leadership skills and demonstrate their creativity. Though we are always in need of students involved in Wake Downtown’s core programs (Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Medicinal Chemistry), we also welcome perspective from other majors (STEM or non-STEM) who are passionate about Wake’s presence in downtown Winston-Salem.
For more information, contact Yassmin Shaltout, firstname.lastname@example.org
What do Downtown Ambassadors do?
- Help improve the student experience at Wake Downtown by participating in monthly meetings and focus groups
- Plan, publicize, and execute campus and community events, including Parents’ Weekend, START.dt gallery openings, and the annual Maya Angelou Garden Party
- Collaborate with the Wake Forest School of Medicine on joint efforts in our shared space
- Promote Downtown programs and resources to current and prospective students, university faculty and staff, and the community at-large
- Serve at least a one-year commitment
- Ambassadors may choose to take a semester of leave and maintain regular membership if participating in a study abroad or other program that would prevent their regular involvement
- Attend no less than 50% of regularly scheduled meetings each academic semester
- Attend and/or actively participate in ambassador events (e.g. community outreach, student events, special projects)
- Be available to lead at least one prospective student tour each month
- Increase coordination and communication between Wake Downtown and the Reynolda Campus
- Contribute to Downtown social media channels and website
- Provide feedback on upcoming projects and Downtown marketing
- Communicate student policies, priorities, and concerns, as well as make recommendations to the administrative team
- Exclusive study space during finals
- Semesterly social gatherings
- Resume-building and leadership development opportunities
Meet the Spring 2021 Downtown Ambassadors!
Sarah Neely ('21)
“My favorite thing about Wake Downtown is how open the spaces are as well as how much light enters the building as almost every point. I like the ability to be able to have an additional spot off campus to learn or relax and engage with other members of the community. I also think it is cool that undergraduates can share space with members of the medical school.”
Max DeMarco ('22)
“I love the environment and aesthetic of Wake Downtown. The view of the city from the third and fourth floors is fascinating, especially with the great natural lighting.”
Angela Whittle ('23)
“My favorite part about Wake Downtown is that it offers a nice, comfortable place to study. It is also fun to explore around Wake Downtown because there are so many delicious restaurants and coffee shops.”
Rebekah Lassiter ('24)
“I love that Wake Downtown not only serves as a hub for scientific invention and innovation, but also as a cornerstone for community engagement and collaboration! In addition, the large, glass windows provide ample natural light that infuse the space with growth!”
Anna Marks ('24)
“My favorite part of Wake Downtown is the study spaces and all of the natural light that comes into the building. It makes Wake Downtown feel so inviting and the perfect place to study because of all of the windows. The windows also allow for beautiful views of downtown Winston-Salem.”
What did past Ambassadors love about Wake Downtown?
Cameron Allen, '21
“I love the sense of community that radiates from the Wake Downtown campus. Being in Downtown Winston-Salem allows for access to so many different elements of the city that would otherwise go unnoticed.”
Claudia Costa, '20
“Amazing views you get to see of downtown Winston-Salem while studying!”
“Wake Downtown offers me an escape from the busy Reynolda campus to study, collaborate with other students and faculty, and enjoy time spent exploring downtown Winston-Salem. With both the Medical School and the Engineering Program in the same building, Wake Downtown offers many opportunities for me to get involved in both my passions for engineering and medicine either collaboratively or separately.”
Claire Griffin, '21
“My favorite thing about Wake Downtown is the abundance of windows that allow for great lighting and beautiful views.”
“My favorite part of wake downtown is the brilliant re purposing of such an historically rich building into modern, forward-thinking center for innovation and scientific advancement”
Peter Malkin, '21
“The fourth-floor study area overlooking the atrium is my favorite place at Wake Downtown. The location captures everything Wake Downtown has to offer: the outstanding views of the city and the comfortable spaces for students to relax and study.”
Sydnei Mooring, '21
“I love that Wake downtown offers a unique opportunity for getting off campus, while still maintaining that strong connection to Wake. My favorite thing about Wake Downtown are the different study spaces available!”
Meredith Vaughn, '21
“No doubt the ‘L Room’ on the 4th floor. It is solely an engineering space that really took shape over the summer. It used to be bare – no tables and no chairs. This summer the EGR faculty picked put new furniture, flooring, and paint based off of surveys that the current EGR sophomores took and the space is wonderful!! It has movable desks, chairs, and plenty of whiteboard workspace along with multiple TV stations that allow students to easily connect and share presentations with the class. “
Christopher Crafton, 20'
“I love that Wake Downtown is close to so much of downtown Winston-Salem.”