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College of Humanities & Fine Arts

About our HFA Ambassadors


The HFA Student Ambassador Program provides students majoring in one of the college’s seven departments (Art & Art History, Comparative Religion & Humanities, English, History, International Languages, Literatures, & Cultures, Music & Theatre, and Philosophy) with leadership and networking opportunities. As the first point of contact, ambassadors serve and represent the college by sharing their experiences as HFA students with new, continuing, and prospective students, their families, community members, faculty, staff, and administrators. Ambassadors assist with special events and support the college’s efforts to increase recruitment, student engagement, and retention in HFA.


Beginning February 2021, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts office will accept applications for those students interested in serving as an HFA Student Ambassador during the 2021-2022 academic year. The application deadline has been extended! Please apply before 5:00pm on Friday, March 26, 2021. To access the electronic application, click here:

Did you serve as an ambassador during the 2020-2021 academic year? If so, you'll be required to apply via self-assessment. To access the electronic self-assessment, click here:

Minimum qualifications:

  • A current student majoring in one of HFA’s seven departments
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Has completed at least 12 units at Chico State
  • Available to serve consecutive semesters (both Fall 2021 AND Spring 2022)
  • Committed to meeting the second Tuesday of every month from 5:00pm-6:15pm
  • Excellent communication skills; bilingualism is encouraged
  • Reliable, enthusiastic, and friendly

Ambassadors are expected to devote two to three hours a week to the following activities:

  • Participating in outreach and recruitment efforts (e.g., Preview Day, Choose Chico, Graduation, Wildcat Welcome, HFA Symposium, Admitted Students Event, virtual events, tabling during high volume times--beginning and end of semester, before registration opens, etc.)
  • Attending monthly Ambassador meetings as well as best practices and other trainings with representatives from the Office of Admissions, The Success Studio and/or HFA faculty and staff
  • Assisting with HFA special events (e.g., HFA Scholarship Reception, HFA Graduation Celebration, etc.)
  • Phone campaigns
  • Peer support in collaboration with the HFA Success Studio
  • Assisting with student retention efforts and GI 2025 initiatives (closing achievement gap, improving 4 & 6 year graduation rates) (e.g., acting as peer mentors to first-year, transfer, and students at risk for disqualification)
  • Undertaking a leadership project and/or serving on an Ambassador working committee
  • Providing tours for prospective students and their families (may be virtual or in-person)
  • Using social media to communicate with prospective students
  • Appearing in video interviews/testimonials for internet and social media use

The HFA Ambassador role provides students the opportunity to:

  • Enhance their public speaking, leadership, and teambuilding skills
  • Build their resumes and receive a letter from the dean of HFA upon successful completion of service
  • Network with leaders in the college, on campus, and in the community
  • Provide crucial service to the college and their respective department


  • Selected candidates will be hired as student employees of the university and will receive a modest stipend of $500 per semester (stipends are dispensed in increments of $125 throughout the academic year).

If you have questions about the application process, or about the HFA Student Ambassador program, please contact Emily Amarel via email at, or by phone at 530.898.5352, where she is able to answer your call remotely.