Loyola University Chicago

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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.


Yatzany Resendiz-Rivera

Hometown: Plainfield, IL

Major: Double Major in Biology and Spanish with a minor in Bioethics

Involvement: ACE Medical Club, ACE Peer Mentor, ACE Peer Tutor, Welcome Week Leader, AMSA, Alpha Phi Omega, UChicago Comer Baby Cuddler

Favorite Aspect about ACE: ACE is built on empowering and providing the support that each scholar needs to achieve their dreams.


Jennifer Kovalcik


Hometown: Plainfield, IL

Major: Biology, pre-med track

Minor: Bioethics

Involvement: ACE Medical Club, Hearts for The Homeless (H4H) Chicago, Care for Real Committee, AMSA

Favorite Aspect of ACE: The sense of community and family at ACE that encourages long-lasting friendships, personal growth, and educational success.


Ananda Anderson

Hometown: Oak Park, IL

Major: Environmental Science: Environmental Health

Involvement: Office of Sustainability Intern

Favorite Aspect of ACE: The community


Fatima Shariff

Hometown: Wheaton, IL

Major: Healthcare Administration

Favorite Aspect of ACE: Supportive community and access to a variety of resources!


Cindy Villagrán López

Hometown: Cicero, IL

Major: Psychology, Pre-Law

Minor: Philosophy

Favorite Aspect of ACE: The support and resources it offers students for their academic and professional success.


Breanna Stokes

Hometown: Lynwood, Illinois

Major: Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology

Involvement: R.A.G.E. and Research Intern with Children's Research Triangle

Favorite Aspect of ACE: The diverse scholars and the different perspectives that they offer.


Beverlyn Hernandez

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Major: Psychology

Minor: Criminal Justice & Criminology 

Involvement: Pre-Law Society, Puerto Rican Student Association, Womxn in Leadership

Favorite Aspect of ACE: I love that everyone is very welcoming and there is an endless amount of support between us. Everyone is always willing to help each other out.


Madison Berry


Hometown: Memphis, TN
Degree: Political Science; minors: History, Sociolegal Studies, and Criminal Justice- Criminology
Involvement: Pre-Law Society
Favorite Aspect of ACE: The warm atmosphere of ACE. As an out-of-state student, I felt out of place and like I had no family here in Chicago. ACE has filled that gap and became my second family away from home.