The Class Ambassador Program was developed to foster a sense of affinity among their class year and towards Grinnell College. They will spread knowledge about the available campus resources and the administration. Ultimately, they will foster a culture of affinity, philanthropy, and Grinnellian community among current students.
Grinnellians only come together as an entire class twice on campus: at the Medallion Ceremony during NSO and at Commencement. This absence of class unity is not reflected in their experience as alumni, where key events such as Reunion are coordinated on a class-by-class basis. Thus identifying with one’s class before graduation is essential for students to have a fulfilling connection to Grinnell College after they graduate. Stronger class ties can also improve students’ success by increasing awareness of campus resources through a stronger student-to-student knowledge sharing network.
Two individuals from each class year are selected to serve as the class ambassadors for their respective year. Class ambassadors are selected through an open application process facilitated by the three key drivers of the program (Student Government Association, Student Alumni Council, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations). Individuals serve a one-year term and may reapply for additional terms if they so choose.
Current Class Ambassadors:
2019 Emily Zaffiro (full year, left), Story Lesher (fall, middle) & Bryce Lew (spring, right)
Story Lesher (fall, middle)
Hi! My name is Story Lesher (she, her, hers) and I am a Biology major from Yankton, SD. On campus, I participate in Dance Ensemble and the KidsMusic program and am very excited to be serving as a class ambassador for this coming fall! During the semester, I hope to continue fun class bonding events that the previous ambassadors have set up such as Cafe Disco and Pub Nights to create ties between students in our class. In addition, I am excited to help bring our class networking event opportunities to connect with past alumni! I hope that during this semester, I will help to bring our class together and create connections with past Grinnellians!
Bryce Lew (spring, right)
Hello! My name is Bryce and I am one of Class of 2019’s Class Ambassadors! I was born and raised in Pasadena, California (a suburb of Los Angeles). I’m not declared yet, but I am planning on being an Economics and Psychology major to go into behavioral economics and marketing. I’m a huge Netflix enthusiast (Chuck, Shameless, and The Office are some of my favorite shows), I’m a big foodie, and I love to go on random adventures. Let me know if you have any questions, concerns, ideas, or want to just hang out and do something fun! Thanks and I’m looking forward to serve as your Class Ambassador!
Emily Zaffiro (full year, left)
2020 Yoli Martin (left) & Carson Peters (right)
My name is Yoli Martin, and my preferred pronouns are she/her/hers. I am an intending Biology Major, and I would like to complete a concentration in another topic I am interested in (GDS anyone?), but I am still figuring it out. As a CA for the class of 2020, a few of my goals are to help foster the community and strengthen the identity of our class. I plan to complete this through events and programs that let us learn about and build on all of the ways that we work together to define the class of 2020. I also hope to provide opportunities through which our class can get to know the town of Grinnell further. Over the 2017-2018 year I hope that our class can not only continue to be able to support and depend on each other, but that it can increase the ability.
Carson Peters (she/her/hers) is from the DC Area and an intended Biology major with a concentration in global development studies. She is a student mentor for Al Exito and involved in the Ignite Program. This summer, she will pursue research at the National Institutes of Health. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new foods, and volunteering.
2021 Hallela Hinton-Williams
Hey! My name is Hallela and I am one of the2021’s class ambassadors. I’ve lived in St. Joseph, MN, but grew up in Pennsylvania. I haven’t decided on a major, but I’m interested in Anthropology, English, and Policy Studies, and I hope to work in education. I love to read, knit very sad scarves, and watch comedy specials on Netflix. I’m always open to listening to people’s recommendations on books, movies, and music, and have tons to share. Feel free to reach out if you have any ideas, suggestions, or want to borrow a book! Thank you and I’m excited to be your Class Ambassador this year.
- Create, plan, and execute 3 or more programs per semester aimed at generating affinity for your class year and for Grinnell College.
- There must be at least one program per semester that emphasizes the component of philanthropy associated with each class ambassador’s class year.
- Educate peers about the four components of philanthropy: time, talent, ties, and treasure.
- First year: time
- Second year: talent
- Third year: ties
- Fourth year: treasure
- Write and deliver an end of semester report to SGA, SAC, and the ADSP.
- Create a sense of unity within classes.
- Foster a culture of philanthropy among current students.
- Educate students regarding opportunities to remain an engaged citizen of the Grinnellian community post-graduation.