Graduate Ambassador Program

Graduate Ambassadors
Graduate Ambassadors serve as representatives of the George Washington University graduate student experience. Ambassadors are in charge of implementing events to connect graduate students with the university community. They  are available to answer questions for current and prospective students about the university, housing, various curriculum, clubs, activities and more importantly to share their own personal experience as a graduate student at GW. 
Responsibilities of a graduate ambassador include but not limited to
Develop and offer programs to the graduate community to enhance positive interactions between graduate students   across multiple disciplines. 
Support graduate students in their adjustment to graduate school and the GW culture.
Greater connect graduate students to the institution and the Washington DC area. 
If you have any questions about living in DC, being a student at GWU, or simply want to make a connection, please don't hesitate to reach out! Please email [email protected] if you are interested in learning more about the Graduate Ambassadors Program.

2018-2019 Graduate Ambassadors


Noora Alhajri

Namaste and welcome everyone to the GW graduate community. I'm very excited to serve as one of your graduate ambassadors this year. Here at GW, I'm in the public health Epidemiology and Biostatistics program through the Milken School of Public Health. From Bahrain to Dubai to Ireland where I obtained my Medical Degree through the Royal College of Surgeons, I decided to pursue a further degree in public health and I was thankful to find such a beautiful, thriving institution that not only advanced my career as a preventative medicine physician, but also offered everything needed to chase after my dream. One of the best pieces of advise I received is this: "College is not a passive experience. You can't just sit back and wait for greatness to fall into your lap. Be proactive, seek out opportunities to push yourself and get involved. Never let your possibilities be limited by underestimating your potentials." 

Hobbies: I'm mad about baking!!! I truly believe in the effect of baking and the lovely smell of a freshly baked bread as a stress relief mechanism (well, at least for a foodie like me). I also enjoy drawing, painting with my daughter, biking, scuba diving, hiking, travelling and listening to Andrea Bocelli.

Research Interests: I'm interested in chronic disease epidemiology, prevention of infectios diseases, antibiotics resistance and promoting medical education in Latin America and the Middle East. 


Ritika Bhattacharya

Hey all you Colonials - George Washington it is! I've been such a consistent tourist to the states for a decade, and yet couldn't have been more thrilled to get accepted in the Milken Institute of Public Health for Global Health Epidemiology. After two years of working as a doctor in India (my home), the step to DC has been a big and exciting one. Now that you begin yours, I can't wait to show and learn so much more about keeping it classy, comfortable and in the Capital! It's always good to know your academic and recreation opportunities- a good reason to be a part of the GW community, and I'll try my best to help you connect those dots further, across cultures and time zones. Stay beautiful and in touch!

Hobbies: Ideal day involves my dogs, parrot & family in front of the radio or watching rom-coms to Ben & Jerry's, idolize Beyoncé, swear by Potter-Poirot reading, swimming, dramatics, debating and undying love for Bollywood dancing. Best part about being in this city-dressing up, socializing and free food!

Research Interests: I am really passionate about extending my abilities and scope as a physican, to improve access, communications and interventions of healthcare, in the world health scenario. Being a passionate dog lover as well, I wish to improve life of the strays. 


Emily Bordelon

Hi GW graduate students! I'm excited to be a part of the Graduate Ambassador Program and welcome you to our community. GW is a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about what they do. I love meeting students from different backgrounds and look forward to connecting students from different programs. There's also so much to do around DC, whether you like exploring bookshops or going to concerts. Whether you're looking for information on GW activities or DC as a whole, feel free to contact me at [email protected]!

Hobbies: Reading, Volunteering at museums, Writing 

Research Interests: Art Law, Intellectual Property, Legal Philosophy 


Ngozidirichukwu Ihenacho

Ngozi Ihenacho is a rising second year graduate students pursuing a Master's in Public Health in Public Health Communications and Marketing. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Coming from a healthcare-focused Nigerian family, Ngozi hopes to combine science and storytelling to share new innovations and breakthroughs with the world. In her spare time, she likes to engage in yoga, entrepreneurship-related events and explore the city. 


Behzad Koosha

Hello GWU graduates! I’m very excited to be a part of this team to assist GW graduate students across their journey. I’m very familiar with the DMV area and our school; I’m sure this can be advantageous for anyone who might want to know more. My experience in traveling to many places around the globe will definitely become useful while we engage in this journey. I’m looking forward to supporting activities and events along this academic year. Feel free to contact me if you have anything in mind :)

Hobbies: Biking, playing Backgammon, Badminton & Volleyball, Socializing with people from different backgrounds

Research Interests: Wireless Communications innovations, International politics, US stock market


Shyama Kuver 

Hi there! The purpose of the Graduate Ambassadors is to support our peers in creating community, being academically successful, and thriving while here at GW. I look forward to meeting my peers and getting to know you and what you're passionate about. In my role as a Graduate Ambassador I hope to support your interests, create opportunities for you to meet your peers and get to know DC and all it has to offer. I hope that we have a chance to get to know each other. 

Hobbies: I love creating art-especially murals, zines, and illustrations. Going for swims, traveling, live music events, volunteering, and being outdoors. Mostly, I like to spend time with my dog. 

Research Interests: Methods to creating more accessible and inclusive post-secondary institutions, surveillance, and art as a modality for healing self and community. 


Julie Lillejord

Hey all GWU Graduates! I am from Arendal, Norway and a 2nd year student at the Milken Institute School of Public Health for Health Promotion. Moving to DC is the best decision I've made professionally, and the longer I'm here, the more I love this city and everything it has to offer. There are so many things to do in and around the city, whether you're a museum enthusiast, nature lover, or a foodie! I'm super excited about meeting new people from all over the world in the position as a Graduate Ambassador. Don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have about GW student life, things to do in and around DC, living in the city, where to brunch, or whatever it might be. Don't be a stranger; I'm here to help! 

Hobbies: I love spending time with my family and friends, hiking, handball, cooking, traveling, checking out events around the city, brunching on weekends, rooftop drinks, park picnics, and Netflix binging. 

Research Interests: Mental Health, trauma disorders, refugees, substance abuse, and access to healthcare.


Yilin Liu 

Yilin is from Beijing, China. Her education background is a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Management from Beijing Forestry University. She found the event industry to be really interesting in the Event and Festival Management class, which is why she decided to further her education in MTA program in GW, focusing on event management concentration. Passionate about traveling, she has visited Thailand, Indonesia and Ukraine. While in the Ukraine, she spent 6 weeks teaching English and participated in cultural exchanges with the local people. She loves being a volunteer in many events and programs. She is passionate about the event industry and wants to determine her specific focus during the graduation year.


Erin Mayo

Hi Colonials! Welcome to the graduate community at GW and I am delighted to serve as a graduate ambassador for the 2018-2019 academic year! I am a second year student graduating May 2019 with my masters in Higher Education Administration! I moved to DC in August 2018 from the greater Boston area. I graduated from undergrad in December 2015 and took a gap year and a half and worked as an Admissions Counselor. I was in your shoes not too long ago so I know that transitioning to a new city and a new school can be difficult. I would love to chat and help you through this transition and show you around DC. So please don't hesitate to reach out! Hope to meet you soon! 

Hobbies: Scrap booking, exploring DC, traveling, spending time with friends and family, watching the TV show: This Is Us.

Favorite DC Spot: Watching the sunrise at the Lincoln

Research Interests: Equity and college access for individuals with learning disability, test-optional admission practices. 


Ahmed Noreddin

Hello, I am in the midst of my Master's in Public Health online program. I will be back in the Fall after my 1 year overseas hiatus living in Dubai/Egypt. I am very excited to serve as your graduate ambassador, and am confident that we can organize some cool non-work related activities on/off campus. I was born in Egypt, but spent most of my life in Minnesota and Virginia so I have some familarity with the DC area. I just recently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with my bachelor's degree in Biology (go RAMS!...Err I mean Colonials!) Feel free to contact me: [email protected].  

Hobbies: I am an avid sports fan, so you will usually find me playing or watching sports. I am also interested in the historical component of DC, so museums and sight-seeing are things that I will be involved in. 

Research Interests: My research interests vary from studying mental health resources offered in the Middle East and the stigma associated with it, as well as antibiotic resistance on a global scale.