Distinguished UN-SDG Ambassadors

The Distinguished UN-SDG Ambassador programfosters youth leadership and gives students the opportunity to assist in the promotion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the University community and beyond. Through this program, selected students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, learn how to successfully implement the goals in their communities, and create dynamic SDG focused action plans to address the needs of their fellow students, staff, and faculty.

CIFAL Atlanta is partnering with the Center for African and African Diaspora Studies (CAADS) to select 12-20 students to participate in a competitive opportunity to develop campus-focused sustainable development action plans that could be implemented at the university or in our local communities. 

*The Deadline for the Spring 2020 Cohort has closed.*
  • Distinguished UN-SDG Ambassadors Program is designed to:

    • Develop young leaders to assist in the promotion of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the University community and beyond.
    • Provide students with the opportunity to enhance SDG knowledge in the community through presentations in classes and during Registered Student Organizations (RSO) meetings.
    • Create formidable speakers and with impressive presentation skills on the UN SDGs
  • To achieve this, Ambassadors will:

    • Go through an intensive training on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to learn how to successfully implement the goals in their communities and around the world
    • Be equipped with the knowledge and skills to develop lasting impacts on the Kennesaw State’s campus
    • Focus on the development of programs that are deemed necessary for our campus community
    • Create dynamic SDG focused action plans which can be implemented to address the needs of their fellow students, staff, and faculty.
  • To be eligible for the Distinguished UN-SDG Ambassadors Program students must:

    • Have a 3.0 GPA
    • Submit a Resume
    • Submit your Spring 2020 Class Schedule (Work Schedule, if applicable)
    • Must be available on Fridays from 3:00p.m.-5:00p.m
    • Submit a maximum 500-word Essay addressing the following two questions:
    1. What does Sustainable Development mean to you?
    2. What issues have you observed on campus or in your local communities that relate to Sustainable Development and how do you envision yourself addressing those issues?

    Members of the Committee will evaluate each applicant based on the following criteria: Academic performance, Previous Leadership, Leadership Potential, Community Service/Extracurricular Involvement, Communication skills, & Basic Sustainable Development Knowledge.

    Members of the Committee include campus experts on the UN SDGs and sustainability.

    *Please note that this program is being offered as an equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state, or local laws, unless such distinction is required by law.*
  • Students who are accepted for the Distinguished UN-SDG Ambassadors Program are required to:

    • Conduct at least two 15-30 minute SDG presentations a month
    • Commit 15-20 hours a month
    • Volunteer for atleast 3 CIFAL Atlanta and/or CAADS events in the Spring Semester
    • Develop an action plan with 1-2 other ambassadors over the course of the program

At the completion of the program, each ambassador will present their action plans to the committee for evaluation. One plan will be chosen by the committee to be implemented in the upcoming Fall semester and the members of the student team will receive an academic cash award. Additional individual cash awards will be given to ambassadors on any team who have demonstrated the highest leadership skills during the program and/or have impacted the most KSU community members. Each participant in the program will also receive a certification of completion from CIFAL Atlanta and the United Nations Institute of Training and Research (UNITAR).

Total Award - $2,000

  • Award Name
    Award Amount
  • Best Action Plan - Group Will Split Award
  • Most Outreach/Impact - 2 Students
  • Leadership Award - Group Vote

The application for the UN-SDG Ambassador Program is currently closed. Details on the upcoming cohort will be available soon.

2020 Distinguished UN-SDG Ambassador Award Recipients

Category: Best Action Plan

Winner: Ian McDonald and Ryan Moran

Category: Leadership Award

Winner: Allison Yates

Category: Outreach/Impact Award 

Winner: Sanjoosh Akkineni and Marisol Mendez - Vasquez


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