Buffett Ambassadors

Buffett ambassadors have been significantly involved with the Institute's global engagement programming. These upper-level students have been selected to help:

  • promote Buffett opportunities
  • provide guidance to peers who are navigating applications and selecting which opportunities to pursue

They are eager to help fellow students interested in international development and community engagement. Learn more about our ambassadors below.

Image of Rebecca AngoyarNameRebecca Angoyar
Year: Fourth Year
Major/Minor: Industrial Engineering 
Buffett involvement: Community Based Research Fellow in Uganda working with St. Francis Health Care Services to evaluate the impact of the Grandmothers and OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) Program on the community.
Talk to Me About: Community Based Research, research methods, gathering findings, individual research, and international development.
Image of Yow-Ru ChenName: Yow-Ru Chen
Year: Sophomore at NU-Q
Major/Minor: Journalism, Integrated Marketing Communications Certificate
Buffett involvement: Supplemental Grant
Talk to Me About: how to apply for the language grant, supplemental travel grants, or do research in the Middle East
Image of Izzy de la GuardiaName: Izzy de la Guardia 
Year: Junior
Major/MinorManufacturing and Design Engineering with Farley Certificate in Entrepreneurship
Buffett involvementInternational SIGP
Talk to Me About: International Startups, Social Entrepreneurship
Image of David GuirgisName: David Guirgis
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Social Policy, Global Health Studies
Buffett involvement: GESI participant in India, studying and developing a project about maternal and natal health and sustainable childcare
Talk to Me About: research proposals, policy analysis, and empathizing with the human story
Image of David KimName: David Kim
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Biological Sciences
Buffett involvement: GESI participant in Uganda
Talk to Me About: how GESI has influenced how I understand medicine and healthcare
Image of Stephanie MarinName: Stephanie Marin
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Buffett involvementGESI student in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Supplemental Undergraduate Research and Travel Grant to do research for a Spanish and Portuguese Departmental Honor's Thesis on the bilingualism of Quechua and Spanish in "Poemario el Provinciano: Poesía, Lenguaje del Alma" as a strategic literary representation of the "espíritu del pueblo" and continual indigenous presence in Capinota, Cochabamba Department Bolivia.
Talk to Me About: Language and culture immersion, discovering potential research topics, finding and obtaining funding from the University.
Image of Ryan McHenryName: Ryan McHenry
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Computer Science and Music Theory and Composition/Music Technology, German
Buffett involvement: Supplemental Grant for TED Global 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania
Talk to Me About: grant writing, student organization development, funding research
Image of Brittany OwensName: Brittany Owens
Year: Junior
Major/Minor: Political Science and Sociology/Environmental Policy & Culture 
Buffett involvement GESI Summer 2017 in the Dominican Republic
Talk to Me About: finding scholarships to fund study abroad, being a first-generation, low-income and first time abroad student, mental health abroad
Image of Christina ParkerName: Christina Parker
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Social Policy and Global Health
Buffett involvement GESI participant in the Dominican Republic, working alongside community members to increase access to clean drinking water
Talk to Me About: Interning abroad at an NGO and sustainable community development
Image of Halla ReedName: Halla Reed
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Chemical Engineering, Institute for Sustainability and Energy Certificate
Buffett involvement GESI in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Talk to Me About: studying abroad as an engineer, affording study abroad
Image of Liam WhiteName: Liam White
Year: Senior
Major/Minor: Anthropology, Global Health, Portuguese
Buffett involvement Co-Director of Northwestern University Community for Human Rights; International SIGP to work for a organization in Sydney, Australia using soccer to support youth refugee resettlement
Talk to Me About: Pursuing international work/travel experiences, Voluntourism, Soccer as a development and peace tool, Student group leadership