Below is a list of the Lassonde Ambassadors for 2020-21 (in alphabetical order):
Hi there! My name is Gaby Bernal. I am a sophomore studying health, society and policy as well as minoring in management. I wish to go into hospital administration and make an impact on lower-income households within healthcare. I am a first-generation college student. I hope to be a resource for students, especially first-generation students, to use to reach their goals of pursuing higher education. In my free time, you can catch me with friends enjoying different restaurants around Salt Lake City or on the mountain hiking or skiing. I can’t wait for this year! As always, Go Utah!
Hello! My name is Angela Deng, and I am one of the ambassadors for the Lassonde Ambassadors program. I am currently in my junior year and double majoring in health, society, and policy, and sociology. I grew up in New Zealand but decided to move to Utah for college and immediately fell in love with Lassonde. I love the welcoming atmosphere as it made me feel like I was at home. I want to help others find their place in college as I have and, in doing so, to call home.
Hi! My name is Brenda Garcia, and I am a third-year student studying finance here at the University of Utah! I have loved my involvement at the U because I have found my sense of belonging within various organizations and departments, such as through my role as a Lassonde ambassador. As an immigrant Latina and first-generation student, being involved with the Lassonde Institute has allowed me to share my passion for education, leadership, and innovation with students all across campus. During my time here, I hope to inspire and help others to pursue what they love and to dream until those dreams become their reality.
Hello, my name is Ryan Hamby, and I am a sophomore studying finance. I previously attended Utah Valley University and graduated with my associate’s degree, and I hope to eventually study law. As a first-generation college student, I view the Lassonde Ambassadors program as an excellent way to give back to my community while helping create an inclusive and diverse learning environment.
My name is Lauren, and I’m a Lassonde ambassador at the University of Utah, working to inform students of the resources available so that they may succeed in higher education. I hope to provide students with the information I wish I had known when I started college! Overall, my goal is to make higher education a more viable option.
Hello there, my name is Tyler Luu, and I am proud to be a Lassonde ambassador this year. Like some of my other colleagues, I am a first-generation Asian American. Unlike them, I am not too sure what I want to be in the future which at times frightens me. However, I am absolutely sure that higher education gives me the opportunity to explore more aspects of myself that I have yet to become familiar with. I hope to give other students that same opportunity to grow themselves.
Hello, my name is Teasha Luu, and I am the co-director of the Lassonde Ambassadors program. As a first-generation Asian American, I am very passionate about ensuring that every student has equal access to higher education. I aspire to become a doctor to continue to help people live their best lives and give them hope. Although I am not pursuing business, I have come to learn that Lassonde is a space for everyone.
Hello, my name is Han Phuong. I was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and moved to Utah when I was 3 years old. I am a first-generation student studying economics under the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. This is my second year at the University of Utah, and I am glad to be a part of the Lassonde Ambassadors program because I want to be able to help other students feel comfortable and welcomed on campus. Lassonde is an amazing space for growth and success, and I am excited to work with this amazing team!
Hello! My name is Daren Thai, and I am excited to be a Lassonde ambassador. I am currently a junior studying economics and finance. I wanted to become a Lassonde ambassador because I wish I had somebody to help guide me through the transition from high school to college. There’s so much to learn about college, from ways to get involved, educational opportunities, and career pathways. I am happy to be in a position that allows me to be that mentor-figure and be a resource for prospective college students. I’m excited to see where I can provide guidance and help others this year!
My name is Aditya Tiwari, and I am an international student in my second year at the David Eccles School of Business studying QAMO (quantitative analysis of markets and organizations). I am passionate about entrepreneurial education, and I was able to start a non-profit organization in my hometown to provide skill development opportunities, such as technical and vocational skills, for young people with poor socio-economic conditions to compete for better-paying jobs. Being an ambassador and learning through mentoring young students and helping them explore careers and educations related to innovation and entrepreneurship will help me follow through my passion and help them learn.
Hi, my name is Andy Tran, and I am currently a freshman at the David Eccles School of Business. I intend to major in information systems. The biggest reason why I wanted to join the Lassonde Ambassadors program was that I wanted to show high school students the importance of higher education. I grew up in Rose Park, and it was discouraging to see classmates lose motivation because they didn’t have resources for higher education. Now that I am an ambassador, I plan to do my best by giving these students helpful financial and educational resources.
Hi, my name is Cynthia Wang, and I am a sophomore studying QAMO and computer science. I am one of the co-directors for the Lassonde Ambassadors program. As a first-generation, Asian American woman, I wanted to be a part of this program because I am passionate about creating equitable and inclusive environments and equal access to opportunities for underrepresented individuals.