I am the SPA head ambassador 2018/2019. I am pursuing a degree in Political Science with a double minor in Finance and Journalism. I became an SPA ambassador because of my motivation to be the bridge between students and faculty. As a first generation student and first generation American, I know first hand that settling in freshman year and planning a degree path can be particularly challenging, and having an additional resource in the form of SPA ambassadors can make the process easier. AU is an excellent place to learn and expand one's worldview, I would encourage everyone to keep an open mind and be adventurous with their studies. As always, help is there to be taken, doing so will lead to making your degree that much more attainable.
Cynthia Turcios (she/her/hers) is a DC native and a Senior majoring in Justice and Law with a Spanish Translation certificate. I am also going to begin working on my Masters of Science in Justice and Public Policy this fall. I am apart of the combined BA/MS program in the School of Public Affairs. She has been involved across campus with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, SPA Ambassadors, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity and at The Washington College of Law as an Administrative Assistant. She has interned at various law firms, worked as a Paralegal and a STEP Assistant. She served as an AUx1 and AUx2 Peer Leader last year and is excited to return because she wants to help first year students with their transition into college. I am a returning SPA Ambassador and have been involved for three years. I want the students to feel like they have peers they can connect with and assist them through their journey in college. When Cynthia's not in the classroom or at work, she's watching anything funny or scary or going out with friends. Her favorite spot on campus is Starbucks! You can always catch her there.
I am currently pursuing Political Science major with minor in Law and Society. I am hoping my time here at American University and School of Public Affairs can prepare me to further explore the law field and eventually teach in the future. So far AU has given me both on campus and off campus experiences. I got to intern on the Hill, serve in the Student Government, work with first year students through the University College Program as well as undergraduate assistant positions. I also had the pleasure of researching with a faculty over the Summer. I am an active member of AU PRIDE and a community member in Kay Spiritual Life Center. I have lived in three different countries. I know what it’s like to feel out of place or even unsure. I am here to help you in your journey here at American University whether it be navigating around your major or finding your way as a student on campus. I am a walking resource and hope to be a familiar face in leadership for students.
I wanted to come to Washington, DC for college to be in the center of policy while I studied it. Specifically, I chose AU because I liked the collaborative environment. I've made connections with professors, administrators, and my peers that help me learn and grow.
Hayley is a senior Justice & Law major pursing a combination Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. When she isn’t in the classroom, you can find her writing papers in the Bridge, working for the AU Phonathon, or relaxing on the quad on a sunny day! Hayley chose AU for the ability to manage internships and classes at the same time, plus the high rankings in the field of criminal justice. Hayley’s favorite internships have been at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s D.C. Prisoner Project and the Campaign for Youth Justice, as she hopes to enter the field of prisoners’ rights advocacy. Feel free to reach out to talk about Rhode Island politics, prison conditions in the U.S. and Europe, or the recipe for a perfect latte!
I am currently a sophomore with a major in Law and Society and hopefully headed towards a double major with journalism. I originally wanted to go into politics but I decided against it because it was quite intense, especially during the environment I enrolled at American. I joined Ambassadors because I was interested in meeting new people in the School of Public Affairs and thought I could be a good resource for incoming students. I think the best thing about being in D.C. is that you have so many places to go when you're exhausted of being on campus, which can be overwhelming sometimes. An interesting fact about me is that I have been to five of the seven continents. I am studying abroad over the Fall and will resume my ambassador duties in the Spring of 2019.
Maddie is a senior majoring in Justice & Law and minoring in Russian Language. You can find her petting every dog that steps foot onto the Quad, or you will definitely hear her talking about how much she loved studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she studied Humanitarian Law and Armed Conflict. On campus she is involved with the Phonathon, the Pre-Law Society, the Student Philanthropy Council, and Greek life. In the past she has interned at the US Department of State, Saving Promise, and DIGNITY: The Danish Institute Against Torture. She is currently working as a Legal Assistant at a law firm in Virginia. Her favorite thing about being an Eagle is that there are countless opportunities to learn something new, and you are never confined to just your area of study. Maddie is passionate about Arctic Geopolitics, and has seen the many effects of climate change in her research. She is very proud to attend the nation's first Carbon Neutral University and be a part of global change.
Grace Rotar is a senior, with a major in Justice and Law and minor in Mandarin Chinese. Originally from upstate NY, Grace chose to come to AU for the opportunities Washington DC provides as an extension of the classroom. Grace has previously interned for the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia and currently is employed at a federal law enforcement agency. When she's not in the classroom or working, Grace can be found on campus as a part of the SPA Ambassadors, as a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, and running around as part of the AU Club XC/TF team.