Next-Generation Global Leaders


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The Global Ambassadors Program (GAP) is a university-wide initiative that invests global competency skills in the next generation of leaders. Ten juniors from LSU’s academic colleges are selected annually for a week of interdisciplinary study in Ghana. While there, students are immersed in the country’s rich artistic, environmental, and academic heritage and learn best practices for addressing critical global needs. Upon their return, the students serve as ambassadors on LSU’s campus, sharing their learnings with peers.

GAP is a collaboration between the LSU Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Global Engagement, and it reflects the university’s desire to graduate globally minded students. 


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Meet the 2024 Cohort

This year marks GAP's inaugural year, and our first cohort includes students from across LSU's many colleges.

Thanks to the generosity of the US Embassy in Accra, this year's cohort had the opportunity to attend a special two-hour session with US Foreign Service Officers in Ghana, discuss the role that an embassy plays in foreign policy, and explore career path options in the Foreign Service. 

This year‘s LSU program leaders are Dr. Helen A. Regis, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Laura Dean, Director of Global Partnerships in the Office of Global Engagement. 

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Student Participants

Student College Nominator
Alexa Tullier College of Science College of Science
Bertha Campos E.J. Ourso College of Business E.J. Ourso College of Business
Carlos Sandoval E.J. Ourso College of Business Office of Global Engagement
Hamood Qureshi College of Engineering Rodger Hadfield Ogden Honors College
Jalia Martin College of Music & Dramatic Arts College of Music & Dramatic Arts
Julia Barkley College of Engineering College of Engineering
Marvin Scott College of Art & Design College of Art & Design
Maya Gunaldo College of Human Sciences & Education College of Human Sciences & Education
Sierra Moran College of Coast & Environment College of Coast & Environment
Zechariah Slade Manship School of Mass Communication Manship School of Mass Communication


"Congratulations to all the students in this inaugural class of the Global Ambassadors. I know you will represent our university well on the world’s stage. [...] The insights and perspective you gain on this trip will greatly expand your understanding of the world and enrich the entire LSU community."

Dr. Clint Willson, Dean of LSU's College of the Coast and Environment