Distinguished SDG Ambassador Program

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The Distinguished SDG Ambassador program fosters 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.

Global Education is partnering with the Department of Student Leadership and Service to select 15-25 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. 

We are currently recruiting for Fall 2022! Interested in becoming a 2022-2023 Distinguished SDG Ambassador?

Apply by clicking on the button below. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis until we have reached capacity for the program.

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  • Distinguished 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, during Registered Student Organizations (RSO) meetings, and in their local communities.
    • Create formidable and engaged young leaders with the necessary skills to make sustainable change in their communities and around the world
  • Ambassadors will:

    • Go through an intensive training on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to learn how to successfully implement the goals locally and globally
    • Be equipped with the knowledge and skills to develop lasting impacts on the Kennesaw State University'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 2022-2023 Distinguished UN-SDG Ambassadors Program students must:

    • Have a 2.75 GPA
    • Submit a Resume
    • Must be available on Fridays from 3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.
    • Submit a maximum 500-word Essay addressing the following two questions:
      • What does Sustainable Development mean to you?
      • What issues have you observed on campus or in your local community that relates to Sustainable Development and how do you envision yourself addressing those issues?

    Applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Academic performance, Previous Leadership, Leadership Potential, Community Service/Extracurricular Involvement, Communication skills, & Basic Sustainable Development Knowledge.

    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 SDG Ambassadors Program are required to:

    • Conduct 8 SDG presentations in total during the program (averages to about 1-2 presentations a month).
    • Complete 16 hours of community service in total during the program
    • Develop an action plan with 1-3 other ambassadors over the course of the program
    • Present final action plan to community in March 2022 during EQUINOX Week
    • SDG Training Sessions: 4 Sessions between October and December.
      • Must be available from 3:00p.m. - 5:00p.m
    • Action Plan Submission Date/End of Program: End of February, 2023
    • Action Plan Conference Showcase: March 2023

At the completion of the program, each ambassador will present their action plans to their peers, mentors, program organizers, and community during a local conference for evaluation. One plan will be chosen by the committee to be implemented at the end of the Spring semester and the members of the student team will receive an academic cash award. A second plan will be chosen to support in the Spring semester and this selected student team will recieve a smaller 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 Kennesaw State University.

Total Award Amount - $2,200.00*

  • Award Name
    Award Amount
  • Best Action Plan**
  • Most Outreach/Impact - 2 Students
  • Leadership Award - Peer Vote
*Additional funds may be awarded to the "Best Action Plan" group to support the implementation of their project
**Group Members will split amount

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2020 Distinguished UN-SDG Ambassadors

16 Students sucessfully completed the inaugural Ambassador program in Spring 2020.  To view the award recipients and read the submitted action plans from the Spring 2020 groups, please view below.

Award Recipients

Category: Best Action Plan

Winner: Ian McDonald and Ryan Moran

Category: Leadership Award

Winner: Allison Yates

Category: Outreach/Impact Award 

Winners: Sanjoosh Akkineni and Marisol Mendez - Vasquez

2020 Ambassador Action Plans