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Meet the Student Ambassadors Team (SAT)! These students have been elected by their peers to represent the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS). The ambassadors act as liaisons between the students and the faculty, alumni and dean. They focus on bettering the College from the students’ perspective, organize events for networking and offering opportunities for students to voice their opinions and concerns. 

Elyse Majeski

Elyse Majeski  President 

Elyse Majeski is a fourth-year student at the University of Denver majoring in international studies and economics with a minor in business ethics and legal studies. Elyse has a passion and background in law and international policy through her many experiences interning for the United States House of Representatives. She is currently a legal intern for a data start-up company in Downtown Denver. As president of the Student Ambassador’s Team, Elyse oversees the activities within SAT and is the contact between members. She hopes to grow her leadership skills and leave a lasting legacy for the program by promoting communication and teamwork. In her free time, she enjoys promoting up-and-coming music artists through social media, running in Wash Park and exploring the newest rooftop bar in Downtown Denver. 

Elisa Martinez Cancino

Elisa Martinez Cancino  Vice President of Alumni Relations

Elisa Martinez Cancino is a fourth-year student at the University of Denver majoring in psychology, criminology and gender and women’s studies. Elisa is originally from Monterrey, Mexico, and chose to join SAT because "it's a good way to pass on the knowledge that I have acquired through these four years to other students and a way to help the DU community through these rough times when it's hard to get connected." On campus, Elisa is also involved with HerCampus, an online magazine targeted at female college-aged students. In the future, Elisa hopes to work as a forensic psychologist.

Zoie Ashmeade

Zoie Ashmeade – Vice President of Events and Communications 

Zoie Ashmeade is a fourth-year student at the University of Denver double-majoring in strategic communication and public policy and minoring in political science and marketing. Through her involvement with the CAHSS Student Ambassadors Team, Zoie helps to create a community for students within CAHSS, despite the virtual challenges we all face this year. Zoie is a major news junkie and spends a lot of her free time reading the news. After graduating from DU, Zoie hopes to attend graduate school to further her knowledge of strategic communication.

Katie Krouse

Katie Krouse  Vice President of Career & Professional Development

Katie Krouse is a third-year student at the University of Denver majoring in psychology and minoring in biological and health sciences. Katie chose to join the Student Ambassadors Team to be apart of an organization that would allow connection and collaboration with faculty and staff members at the University, in order to make CAHSS the best that it can be. As a transfer student, Katie feels as if she has a unique perspective that she can bring to DU. On-campus, Katie is involved with DUAC, Catholic Student Fellowship, DUSC and the Invisible Illness Club. After DU, Katie plans to pursue a doctorate of occupational therapy and is interested in working in acute care and/or overseas.

Annie Phillips

Annie Phillips  Student Ambassador

Annie Phillips is a fourth-year student at the University of Denver majoring in strategic communication with minors in Spanish and psychology. Annie decided to join the Student Ambassadors Team as a way to help make a difference at DU. During her third-year, Annie studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain at Universidad de Sevilla. Annie’s advice to any underclassmen is to try everything you want to try in college! This is the time to find yourself and your passions, she says.

Saskia Jorgensen

Saskia Jorgensen  Student Ambassador

Saskia Jorgensen is a fourth-year student at the University of Denver majoring in psychology with minors in political science and business administration. Saskia chose to join the Student Ambassadors Team because she wanted the whole college to connect more overall and to work together to build a greater CAHSS community amongst the different departments. On campus, Saskia is involved with Psych Club, Psi Chi, Delta Zeta and the Sustainability Committee. Currently, Saskia works in the Fox Lab doing psychology research, which she believes has been one of the most rewarding and transformative experiences she has had at DU. In the future, Saskia hopes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

Hayley Starshak

Hayley Starshak  Student Ambassador 

Hayley Starshak is a fourth-year student at the University of Denver majoring in strategic communication and Spanish with a minor in English. Hayley decided to join the Student Ambassadors Team because she wanted to help share the student perspective with the administration and work to create a community within CAHSS. On campus, Hayley is involved in the Delta Gamma sorority, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and Daniels newspaper. Hayley studied abroad in Viña Del Mar, Chile, and Madrid, Spain. After graduating from DU, Hayley hopes to go to graduate school to study journalism.

Rayna Rosenthal

Rayna Rosenthal  Student Ambassador

Rayna Rosenthal is a fourth-year student at the University of Denver studying strategic communication and marketing. Rayna has a strong background in advertising and marketing from her internship at a local creative agency for the past year. She is involved in the school through the CAHSS Student Ambassadors Team and is managing editor for the Daniels student newspaper. By being involved in CAHSS, she hopes to facilitate more active participation and communication between the MFJS school with the rest of the College. When she is not studying or working, she loves to challenge herself on Duolingo, hike with her golden retriever or enjoy many of the other obvious Colorado clichés, like trying out new breweries. 

Ava Johnson

Ava Johnson  Student Ambassador

Ava Johnson is a third-year student at the University of Denver double majoring in cello performance and public policy. Ava chose to join the Student Ambassadors Team because she deeply cares about enriching and enlivening the student experience and wants to express that by being a voice for students to connect with the DU administration, especially from the Lamont School of Music. On campus, Ava is involved with Lamont Ensembles, the DU Undergraduate Research Journal and IGNITE for Women in Politics. Outside of school, Ava loves to ski and is an Ikon Pass enthusiast. 

Blaine Tracy

Blaine Tracy  Student Ambassador 

Blaine Tracy is a fourth-year political science and communication studies double-major with a minor in criminology student at the University of Denver. Blaine chose to join CAHSS because it houses many academic fields that are meaningful to him. Blaine decided to join the Student Ambassadors Team as a way to become more involved within CAHSS and to be a voice for students in an environment where student perspectives need to be amplified. On campus, Blaine is involved with Theta Chi Fraternity and Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society. After his time at DU, Blaine will be attending law school.

John Seward

John Seward  Student Ambassador

John Seward is a lifelong Coloradoan studying public policy here at the University of Denver. John has a passion for service, and he volunteers with many non-profits including the Vail Valley Foundation, the American Red Cross and the Women’s Homelessness Initiative. John holds a National EMS Certification, and in his free time (which he finds he does not have very much of) can be found in the outdoors skiing, hiking and camping.

Denaya Desormeaux

Denaya Desormeaux  Student Ambassdor 

Denaya is a Colorado native and second-year student at the University of Denver double majoring in criminology and psychology. Denaya chose to join the Student Ambassadors Team because she wanted to be more involved in the criminology department, get to know people in other majors and have a place to share ideas and be a part of a team. On campus, Denaya is involved in the Alpha Phi sorority. Denaya’s dream job is working for the FBI or Interpol.

If you'd like to get in touch with a member of the Student Ambassadors Team, please fill out the CAHSS anonymous feedback form

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