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Krystal Hill among inaugural class of graduate student ambassadors

| Academic & Student Affairs, Global Health, Monday Letter, Students

Public Health student Krystal Hill is among the inaugural class of Graduate Student Ambassadors at the University of South Florida. Her term begins in January.

“ … it is my pleasure to extend to you the opportunity to serve as a Graduate Student Ambassador to represent your department and college within the Graduate School and throughout the University Community,” said Gary D. Oliver, assistant director for Graduate Student Service at the University of South Florida.

The Graduate Student Ambassadors is a select group of students chosen to serve in an advisory capacity to the dean of the Graduate School and be actively involved in building a more cohesive graduate community at the University of South Florida.

As an ambassador, Ms. Hill’s responsibilities include participating in “Dialogue with the Dean” meetings, serving on Graduate School and University committees, and representing the College of Public Health on the Graduate and Professional Student Council.  Additionally, she will support Graduate School programs such as Orientation, Open House, Week of Welcome, and Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

A die-hard Bull, Ms. Hill is well prepared for her role as university ambassador. First, she immerses herself in student life at USF. Currently, Hill serves as the student assistant for the College of Public Health’s Department of Global Health and represents the department in the college’s Ally Mentor Program. Additionally, she is a Globull Ambassador for USF Education Abroad.

Second, Hill embraces opportunities to hone her professional skills. She regularly attends brown bag lunches with university leadership, participates in the Professional Development Workshop series, and partakes in trainings offered by the Center for Leadership in Public Health Practice.

Third, she is a two-time Bull.  Hill earned a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from USF and is currently pursuing a master of public health degree, with a dual concentration in maternal and child health and global health practice.

Her student engagement and alumni status are valid qualifiers, but if you ask Hill it’s her upbringing that makes her most suited to serve as ambassador.

“I’m a military brat who calls New York home,” says Hill. “I’ve been there and done that many times over.”

From bouncing all over the world and then settling in the diverse mecca between Queens and Long Island, Hills developed a deep appreciation for community and a sense of belonging.

When asked how she would approach a prospective student at her first Open House, Hills extends her hand, beams with Bullish pride, and says, “Welcome home, my name is Krystal.”

Photo and story by Natalie D. Preston, USF College of Public  Health