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Meet the ACE Student Ambassadors

Student ambassadors represent various social, academic, career, and civic engagement issues and movements affecting college students of today.

Student ambassadors develop relationships with alumni and build internship and enrichment opportunities within the surrounding community in the form of mentoring, volunteering, and other community building initiatives.  Additionally, student ambassadors engage and build projects and community building opportunities around societal issues including immigrant and refugee rights, feminism and female empowerment, environmentalism, and first-generation, lower-income, & students with disabilities' needs.

Student ambassadors enrich the nationwide TRIO initiative and collaborate to develop The TRIO Student Summit - an introduction to college event hosted each spring for high school TRIO students from precollege programs in Chicago and the surrounding area.

A significant focus of pre-medical and pre-law focused activities also take place throughout the year through the ACE Medical Club (acemedicalclub@gmail.com) and through pre-law initiatives led by various student ambassadors.

Below is a brief introduction to our team of student ambassadors.  If you are an ACE Scholar with questions about this initiative, please e-mail us at ace@luc.edu.


ACE Student Ambassadors

Julia Borowska 


Major: Biology

Minor: Bioethics and Spanish

Year: Senior

Job position within ACE: R.A.G.E. Ambassador 

Involvement on campus: Tennis Club, LUC Polish Student Alliance club, Friends of MSF, AMSA, ACE medical club

Favorite part of ACE: Everyone that’s a part of ACE is so nice and helpful. We’re like a big happy family! 

Paola Hernandez 


Major: Nursing

Minor: Psychology, Spanish Language 

Year: Senior 

Job position within ACE: R.A.G.E Ambassador 

Involvement on campus: Mujeres en Medicina, CARE Pathway Scholar, National Student Nurses Association

Favorite part of ACE: The staff <3!

Samantha Geni 


Major: Psychology

Minor: Women Studies & Gender Studies 

Year: Junior

Job position within ACE: Literature, Arts, & Culture Ambassador 

Involvement on campus: RISE Lab, Residence Life Desk Receptionist

Favorite Part of ACE: Creating friendships that will last a lifetime! 

Heaven Thomas 


Major: Forensic Science 

Year: Sophomore 

Job position within ACE: Literature, Arts, & Culture Ambassador 

Involvement on campus:ACE Book Club, Black Cultural Center, The Forensic Science Student Organization, Rainbow Connection, and Women in Science and Math (WISAM). 

Favorite part of ACE: I love the community that naturally forms between everyone and how inspiring that can be for people who are struggling to adjust to their transition to college.   

Maria Burritt


Major: Molecular/Cellular Neuroscience

Minor: Shakespeare Studies

Year: Senior

Job position within ACE: Community & Civic Engagement Ambassador

Involvement on campus: Rugby, Alpha Phi Omega, Ecology Lab, Chess Club, Pre-Law Society, Residence Life Desk Manager, Cudahy Library Circulation Assistant

Favorite part of ACE: Having a "home base" on campus means a place to refresh, reset, and be around people who make you smile.

Eduardo Rios-Idiaquez

Major: Finance and Entrepreneurship

Year: Senior

Job position within ACE: Business Scholar Student Ambassador

Involvement on campus: Member of the Professional Business Fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, Member of Center of Diversity and Inclusion, Intramurals Sports Supervisor at Halas Recreation Center as well as a Fitness Supervisor, and a Desk Receptionist for Residence Life.

Favorite part of ACE: That everyone tries to lend a helping hand making sure nobody is left out so we can all grow here at Loyola!

Valerie Alvarez

Major: Public Health

Minor: Biology

Year: Senior

Job position within ACE: Pre-Health Scholar Support Ambassador

Involvement on campus: Phi Delta Epsilon, Mujeres en Medicina, Public Health Club, Desk Receptionist at De Nobili Hall!

Favorite part of ACE: I love the people I have met through ACE! I feel connected with everyone and feel unconditional love and support from students and staff. 

Rebecca Curiel

Major: Global Studies

Minor: Women and Gender Studies and Economics

Year: Junior

Job position within ACE: Second-Year Scholar Support Ambassador

Involvement on campus: UNICEF Loyola, MASA, Salsa Club, Peer Advisor

Favorite part of ACE: I love the community and support that ACE has for everyone, as well as all the events and retreats!

Elizabeth Joseph


Major: Physics

Minor: Math

Year: Senior

Job position within ACE: Community and Civic Engagement Ambassador

Involvement on campus: Physics Club and Women in Physics Club

Favorite part of ACE: The friendships that are formed between everyone.