Jennifer Ansong serves as a Diversity Advocate in UB's Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC), creating dialogue and increasing awareness of diversity related topics on campus.
As a student who belongs to several underrepresented groups, Jennifer Ansong wanted to share her experience with others and help create a campus that’s inclusive to everyone.
We need to celebrate each other, while still advocating for ourselves. It’s something you can take well beyond your time at UB.
“I’m a Black woman in the STEM field, so it’s important for me to not only mentor students with similar backgrounds and identities, but be able to share my experiences with other underrepresented groups,” says Jennifer.
As a Diversity Advocate in UB’s Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC), Jennifer works with a team of peers to coordinate heritage month events, Tough Topic forums, and other IDC educational and social programs throughout the year, including the ALANA Celebration of Achievement graduation ceremony.
“This job has given me a platform to advocate for myself and other underrepresented students in a way I wouldn’t have otherwise. I feel like I’ve made a difference on campus and many students have told me they’ve been moved by our programs,” says Jennifer.
Diversity Advocates are recruited each spring for a paid on-campus opportunity within the IDC. They are tasked with increasing awareness and knowledge of diversity-related issues and creating dialogue around the definition and perception of diversity.
“We need to celebrate each other, while still advocating for ourselves. It’s something you can take well beyond your time at UB and being a Diversity Advocate on campus has helped me to realize that."