UEP Ambassador Program

UEP Ambassadors are passionate student leaders who promote the university and program’s mission to empower students with academic, personal, and professional development resources that propel student success. Ambassadors represent UEP, plan and implement outreach events, and foster a supportive environment for our students.

Qualities of a UEP Ambassador

  • Encourages others
  • Embraces challenges & diversity
  • Enlightens through communication
  • Empowers through knowledge & opportunities
  • Active UEP member
  • Enrolled in at least 12 credits
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Involved on campus
  • Serve a full, one-year academic term
  • Commit to 4 hours per week completing duties
  • Attend scheduled meetings
  • Assist in planning and executing events that support the program
  • Implement UEP’s marking efforts
  • Attend annual UEP retreat
  • Build relationships with students, organizations, and partners
  • On behalf of UEP, attend other department programs and events
  • Set personal growth goals and meet with staff for annual review
  • Opportunities for leadership growth
  • Serve as the “face” of UEP
  • Connect with peers and professionals to build your personal network
  • Impact the campus outreach of UEP and the populations that we serve
  • Develop transferrable skills for the workplace, such as event planning, public-speaking, teamwork, and facilitation

UEP Ambassador Application

Not currently accepting applications. Stay tuned for updates!

Meet the Ambassadors

Madeleine Couling


Madeleine Couling was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and is currently a freshman in the Honors College pursuing a degree in Health Communications with a Biology minor. Madeleine is also part of the Diamond Family Scholars Program for students who were in foster care or orphaned. Madeleine has an EMT license and plans on getting her Paramedic license after undergraduate, seeking a job in the medical field where she can promote patient advocacy and work to fix systematic faults within the field of emergency medicine.

Katherine Balderrama Najera


Katherine Balderrama Najera was born in Chihuahua, Chihuahua Mexico, and she moved to Houston, TX at the age of 3. She is currently a sophomore majoring in Mathematical Biology at the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Katherine is a DACA, first-generation Latina who plans to go to medical school and one day set up surgical clinics at low-income neighborhoods.

Pedro Ortiz


Pedro Ortiz was born in Ciudad Acuna, Couhuila, Mexico as the first child. His family moved out to Northern Texas in order to secure a better life for Pedro and his other siblings. He grew up in Arlington and moved out to Houston to study Political Science. He plans to still further his education and go to law school in order to practice immigration law, and help defend the more vulnerable segments of the immigrant population in Texas that he himself came from.

Alana Mitchell


Alana Mitchell is a Dallas native but moved to Houston two years prior for college. She is a junior in the College of Education studying Human Development and Family Studies. Alana is a passionate first-generation college student who aspires to become a doctor of pediatric psychiatry and open her own practice and community center. Her favorite quote is "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement."