FLOURISH AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

FLOURISH (Fostering Leadership for Undergraduate Recruitment and Retention, Inclusivity, and Student EnricHment) Ambassadors serve as members of the Student Nutrition Advising Center (SNAC) staff and assist students as they experience a variety of transitions including acclimation to academic life and overall academic success at UArizona.

The FLOURISH Ambassadors are current students enrolled in the School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness degree program at the University of Arizona Online Campus. They serve as liaisons between students, advisors, faculty, and the School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness. The Ambassadors are well versed in the NSC program policies, requirements, and services, and resources that are available to students. The ambassadors' role is to enhance the student experience by providing support with orientation, navigating the university, and communicating expectations for the School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness program and courses. They also serve as peer mentors and coaches to support students in their career and graduate school planning and preparation. This program was initiated by students to serve students.

Application Deadline: September 22, 2021

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This experience will take place in the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters (1 year commitment), and selected FLOURISH Ambassadors will be enrolled in one credit of NSC 393 internship.

The program requires a commitment of 4 to 5 hours per week during the Fall 2021 semester and 9 hours per week during the Spring 2022 semester. Ambassadors must attend 1-2 hours of weekly meetings. The time and date will be decided based on the availabilities of each ambassador. The remaining internship hours and activities can be planned around the ambassadors' own schedules.

The tuition cost of one credit is $525. If selected for the FLOURISH program, you will receive a stipend of $600 per semester to offset the cost of enrolling in NSC 393.

Activity time estimate
Leadership & Professional Development 1 hour / week
UA / Department Training - services and resources 1 hour / week
Weekly Team Meeting (Q&A, coaching, discussion, project planning) 1 hour / week
Development and Planning for Dietetic Internship Prep D2L Experience 1 hour / week
Meeting with Students 3 hours / week
Independent Work on Various Projects and Initiatives 1.5 hours / week

 

  • Completed at least 12 units of coursework in Nutritional Sciences and/or the science prerequisites at the University of Arizona
  • Plan to be enrolled in at least 6 units per semester (Fall and Spring) during the 2021-2022 school year
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Available to commit 9 hours per week, including the weekly 2 hours of scheduled meetings for BOTH fall and spring semesters

This program is a 1-year commitment and will be taking place during the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. 

  • Support student success by delivering pre-orientation and orientation sessions, scheduling advising appointments, explaining class enrollment procedures, and navigating UArizona resources.
  • Serve as a peer mentor to help students navigate nutrition-focused career planning resources, with an emphasis on dietetics.
  • Promote student wellness and campus resources to support the whole student.

Internship Objectives:
During this Internship, the instructor(s) will deliver and facilitate trainings, study materials, and resources to prepare Ambassadors to deliver peer mentoring and advising, such as:

  • Facilitate the exploration of personal identities, values, experiences, and biases.
  • Review the process of earning dietetics credentials, and available resources on this topic.
  • Describe the department, college, and university organization, resources, policies, and systems, with an emphasis on how to navigate the institution's offices.
  • Explain leadership and professional skills, indicators, and practices.
  • Identify resources available to support student's academic success and career preparation.
  • Illustrate advising and mentoring best-practices for demonstrating cultural humility, empathy, active listening, professional communication, and critical thinking during mentoring and advising interactions.
  • Gain resume-worthy experience working directly with NSC faculty, advisors, and peers
  • Increase their career readiness with new leadership and professional skills

Expected Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, FLOURISH Ambassadors will be able to:

  • Leverage their personal identities, values, and experiences to develop meaningful connections with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Accurately discuss the process of becoming a credentialed Dietetics Professional (NDTR and RDN) with peers.
  • Refer students to relevant people, resources, and services that are available to support their academic and career success.
  • Locate primary sources of program / department and university student policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate leadership and professionalism in peer mentoring and team activities.
  • Demonstrate advising and mentoring best-practices related to cultural humility, empathy, active listening, professional communication, and critical thinking.

Alli Green
allisongreen@arizona.edu
(she/her/hers)

I grew up in Las Vegas, NV, and completed a Psychology degree from Seattle University. From there, I moved down to San Diego, CA, so I have been all around the west coast! I worked in clinical pediatric research for awhile, but kept coming back to the field of nutrition as my true passion. Finally, I decided to change paths and pursue a second degree in dietetics. My long-term goal is to work in the field of eating disorders as a registered dietitian nutritionist. I am currently working full time, and I serve as a peer mentor for a national eating disorder organization.

As a FLOURISH Ambassador, I look forward to connecting with our online student community and fostering relationships within our program. The online learning space can be hard for others to understand, and oftentimes we can feel alone navigating this process. Having lost my mother at a young age and been raised by my father as a first-generation college student, these experiences contributed to the development of my strengths in empathy and relating to others. I love building relationships with people and being a source of advice and a listening ear. I am hoping to provide nutrition students with more resources to get involved and overall have the best experience as an online nutrition student.

Kellie Kirsch
kelliekirsch@arizona.edu
(she/her/hers)

Hello! My name is Kellie. I currently live in southern California with my husband and our two children. We are a military family and have lived all over California for the last twelve years. After working for almost ten years as a Certified Group Fitness Instructor, I decided to go back to school to pursue my degree in nutrition with an emphasis in dietetics. My long-term goal is to become a registered dietitian and work in private practice.

As a FLOURISH Ambassador, I'm very excited to connect with the online community and help with different issues that come along with being an online student. Some of my strengths include: individualization and being strategic. I believe each person is different and unique, and I like to focus on what makes someone an individual in order to help them find solutions that work for them. As a strategic thinker, I like to view an issue from all sides before making a plan of action. I hope to help foster a sense of community within our program and help provide support for all students.

Adrienne Lui
adriennelui@arizona.edu
(she/her/hers)

Hi there! My name is Adrienne. I grew up in Hong Kong and moved to Vancouver, Canada, where I did my BSc in Food Nutrition Health. Aside from being an online international student, I am a Nutrition Education Assistant at a pediatric health- and nutrition-focused private practice, and I am also working at the dietetic department at a cardiac prevention clinic. My goal is to become a registered dietitian specializing in pediatrics, because I am passionate about helping children and adolescents live a better quality of life.

Oftentimes, students in the virtual space feel disconnected and are unaware of the abundance of resources available to them. I decided to become a FLOURISH Ambassador because, as an online student myself, I understand the struggles, and would love to help students navigate their academic lives and create a safe space to seek support.

As a futuristic thinker, I find joy in identifying opportunities and future possibilities through conversation and interaction. I like to create mental images of what I plan to accomplish in the coming weeks, months, or years. I also love curating forward-looking plans, inspiring others with visions of the future and helping them accomplish it!

Corinne Frazer
corinnefrazer@arizona.edu
(she/her/hers)

Hi! My name is Corinne. I grew up in southern California, where I started my undergraduate degree in nutrition with an emphasis in dietetics. I am a first-generation college student with a Hispanic heritage, and I love to cook Mexican food. Three years ago I moved to Bullhead City, Tri State / rural area of Arizona, and I transferred to the University of Arizona to continue my degree. I have worked in the medical field for over 20 years. While working with patients, I have realized nutrition is my passion. My long-term goal is to become a registered dietitian and continue working at the Veteran's Hospital to help serve our veterans.

As a FLOURISH Ambassador, I hope to help my fellow online students navigate through issues that may come up through their academic paths. I'm a positive, achievement-oriented person; I love to help people accomplish their goals and be able to give encouragement to people I interact with. I hope to provide support and resources that will give the best experience for online students.

Sarah Reisin
sreisin@arizona.edu
(she/her/hers)

Hey there! My name is Sarah Reisin, and I was born and raised in California. I currently reside in San Diego, California, and I am a Nutritional Science major with an emphasis in Dietetics. I am a first-generation college student, with Mexican/American heritage and can speak Spanish fluently. I am passionate about teaching our community about health and wellness and I am so excited to be here at the University of Arizona as a junior.

I decided to become a FLOURISH Ambassador because I love to grow, and I love being a part of a community where we can help other students in the online community grow and FLOURISH. Some of my strengths include: achiever, futuristic, individualization, and discipline. My career goal is to become a Nutrition Director in Public Health. As an achiever, I go above and beyond to help others achieve their goals. I am so excited to learn and grow with you so that we can become unstoppable!

 

FLOURISH Ambassadors host drop-in hours for Arizona Online students and provide peer support navigating student life. You can meet with a FLOURISH Ambassador for:

  • Help with navigating your UAccess student center, LaunchPad, and D2L class pages
  • Assistance locating key offices and contact information for University offices
  • Discussions about what to expect in your online Nutritional Sciences courses
  • Guidance on resources to help you explore dietetics pathways, including learning what to expect of the application process for dietetics internships and graduate school

The following Drop-in Hour Schedule is valid the week of April 4, 2022, through Friday, May 13, 2022. This is a pilot program, and we anticipate expanding this service during the 2022-2023 academic year.

AMbassador monday tuesday wednesday thursday friday
Sarah Reisin
https://arizona.zoom.us/j/84472519439
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm   5:00 pm - 6:00 pm    
Allison Green
https://arizona.zoom.us/my/alligreen
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm        
Kellie Kirsch
https://arizona.zoom.us/j/2324237716
  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm   12:00 pm - 1:00 pm  
Adrienne Lui
https://arizona.zoom.us/j/6017703112
      3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Corinne Frazer
https://arizona.zoom.us/j/5458856372
  6:00 pm - 7:00 pm   6:00 pm - 7:00 pm  

* Times are in Tucson, AZ time.

 

Sabrina Benedict-Monteverde
Director of Student Nutrition Advising Center (SNAC), AZ Online
Undergraduate Academic Advisor, AZ Online
nscadvisingonline@email.arizona.edu
(520) 621-2017