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Ambassador Club

The Ambassador Club organizes new international students, or ambassadees, into groups with other ambassadees and returning students who volunteer as ambassadors. Ambassadors welcome new international students to campus, introducing them to various aspects of campus and U.S. life.

Each group meets at least once per month, doing activities such as eating a meal in the dining hall, attending UR sports events or the International Film Series, or visiting historical and cultural sites in Richmond and around Virginia. Ambassador Club members are encouraged to attend the monthly events and trips organized by the Ambassador Coordinator each semester.

For questions or more information, email


The Office of International Education will reimburse ambassadors up to $25 per academic year for a meal or activity to which they have treated their ambassadee.

Meet the Ambassador Coordinators

Emily Gove WC '17

Emily Gove

Emily Gove is a double major with Anthropology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and a soon-to-be minor in Linguistics. Emily grew up on a family farm in Massachusetts, and has used her background and passion for food and gastronomy to study across disciplines and travel around the world.This past year, she spent most of her time abroad, interning for a farmers' rights organization in India in summer '15, participating in a Food Studies program in Italy in fall '15, examining Pacific Communities and Social Change in Samoa in spring '16, and making a full circuit back to Italy for the summer of '16, where she interned at a winery. She is now looking forward to working with exchange students back at UR! When she is not eating food or talking about food, Emily works on campus in the Music Library. She is also part the WILL* program and a smattering of music ensembles, where she plays music ranging from jazz piano to Bossa Nova oboe to classical accordion.

Grace Chang WC '17

Grace Chang

Grace Chang is a senior majoring in Business Administration. She hails from Southern California, where she lived for 14 years before moving to college. Her experiences of living abroad include 8 years in South Korea and a semester on exchange in the Netherlands. Grace enjoys living on the east coast because of the change of seasons and the occasional snow days spent with friends and hot cocoa. Her post-grad plans include working in NYC or Washington, DC for a consulting firm and living up her 20's. She is a lifelong musician and has played the piano and violin since the age of 5. As the winner of the University concerto competition, she will be performing with the University orchestra in November 2016. Grace is an avid traveler, gourmand, and an aspiring chef (later in her life). Her favorite kinds of food are Peruvian, Sichuan, Mexican (carne asada tacos from King Taco in LA), Korean, and a recent addition, Laotian. She loves to connect people through common interests and the love of food.

Examples of Club Events

  • Laser tag in Richmond
  • Trip and picnic in Jamestown
  • Historical tour of Richmond
  • Ice skating
  • Hiking trip and picnic at the Natural Bridge in West Virginia