U Matter Ambassadors

With over 70,000 Gators and not 1 to spare, the U Matter, We Care initiative serves as a recognizable umbrella for care related programs and resources for those in distress. U Matter, We Care extends UF’s caring culture by educating our community about signs and symptoms of distress and providing those in distress the appropriate resources.
The U Matter Ambassadors are a group of student leaders who are dedicated to supporting their fellow Gators and to spreading awareness about the U Matter, We Care initiative to other students across campus.

The U Matter Ambassadors recruit new members every spring semester. The 2017 application is open from February 8 – February 22, 2017. Apply today!


Current UMAs

Sergio Brenes

History and Spanish | s.brenes94@ufl.edu

Strengths quest: restorative, deliberative, learner, context, achiever

“The accomplishment I'm most proud of is being the first in my family to go to college; soon to be the first in my family to graduate from college. ”

Brittany Burkhamer

Theatre | baburkhamer@tampabayorr.com

Compassionate, energetic, optimistic, artistic, the "mom-friend"

“The best thing about UF is the diverse group of individuals here, and the sense of community despite the size of our school.”

Erick Esquerete

Applied Physiology and Kinesiology | eesquerete@ufl.edu

Dancer, Netflix, enthusiastic, candy lover, big smiler, "the most"

“If I could give one piece of advice to my fellow UF students, I would tell them: take advantage of all the opportunities UF has to offer! Get involved, meet new people, create long-lasting friendships, and remember that the gator nation is everywhere.”

Katy Ferguson

Family, Youth and Community Sciences | k.y.ferguson@ufl.edu

Silly, passionate, caring, adventurous, artistic

“I love being a Umatter Ambassador because it gives me the opportunity to teach others about the helpful resources and to provide support to those who need it most. ”

Hayley Giambalvo

Biology | hayleyglambalvo@gmail.com

Smiling, engaging, approachable, adaptable, motivated

“I feel like I am able to help others because I am understanding and can relate to them. I'm also very empathetic towards others.”

Chanice Howard

Anthropology & Women Studies | howac15@ufl.edu

Passionate, optimist, driven

“ My favorite quote is: ‘Sometimes your only transportation is a leap of faith.’ ”

Brooklyn Irwin

International Studies | brooklyn.irwin18@gmail.com

Caring, hardworking, active

“My favorite quote is: ‘Just breathe. Don't drown your heart.’ I like this quote because it reminds me to live in the moment and not let everyday struggles weigh too heavily.”

Katelyn Kennedy

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience | katelynk@ufl.edu

Motivated, dedicated, passionate

“ I love being a U Matter Ambassador because it gives me the opportunity to impact the student body positively and support others. ”

Kyria Louis-Charles

Health Education and Behavior | klouis.chalres08@ufl.edu

Kind, caring, cereal and cookie enthusiast, joyful, lover of the crazy dance parties

“I love being a U Matter Ambassador because it allows me to further spread UF's caring culture and help everyone realize that they are all ambassadors for this initiative as well.”

Sarah Masten

Applied Physiology and Kinesiology | sarahmasten@ufl.edu

Smiley, understanding, passionate

“ My favorite quote is: ‘In the end, just three things matter: how well we have lived, how well we have loved, and how well we have learned to let go.’ -Jack Kornfield ”

Carly Osborne

Health Education & Behavior | carlyo@ufl.edu

Sarcastic, charming, lovable, introspective, creative

“ I love being an UMA because I have the opportunity to connect with others and make a positive impact. ”

Taylor Prentice

Nursing | taylor11496@ufl.edu

World traveler, dog lover, owl obsessed

“ My favorite quote is: ‘ Don't let anyone dull your sparkle ’ because no one should ever make you feel like you aren't wonderful. ”

Kelsey Riordan

Landscape Architecture | kelseyriordan@ufl.edu

Cat lover, Netflix obsessor, show addict

“ My favorite quote is: ‘It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.’ -My Mom ”

Katelyn Sakasegawa

Psychology | ksakasegawa@ufl.edu

Chill, compassionate, fun

“If I could give one piece of advice to my fellow UF students, I would tell them: get involved! And step outside of your comfort zone. UF has so many different clubs and organizations to be involved in and you never know what hobby or activity you might pick up.”

Erica Santiago

Tourism, Recreation, and Event Management | ericalsantiago@ufl.edu

Silly, athletic, determined, caring

“I love being a U Matter Ambassador because I love the idea of helping other students go through their college experience, and helping them get through all the ups and downs that come along the way.”

Emory Shelton

Family, Youth and Community Sciences | cemory@ufl.edu

Silly, fun, kind

“My favorite quote is: ‘ To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.‘ -Oscar Wilde.”

Omarley Spence

Economics and Family, Youth and Community Sciences | ospence@ufl.edu

Laughter, drive, Beyoncé fan

“I love being a U Matter Ambassador because I am in love with the power this initiative has to change the lives of others.”

Hannah Williamson

Psychology | hpwilliamson@ufl.edu

Outgoing, uplifting, understanding, colorful

“My favorite quote is: ‘For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.’ - Audrey Hepburn. I love this quote because I feel like it reminds us all that we are never truly alone and we should love one another. ”

Cameron Wong

Economics | cammyalex@ufl.edu

Smile enthusiast, Martha Stewart wannabe, half Chinese, rad tour-giver

“My favorite quote is: ‘If you're good at something, you'll tell everyone. If you're great at something, they'll tell you.’ I believe in being humble but also proud of your accomplishments.”

Sana Adalsha

Health Education and Behavior | sadalsha@ufl.edu

Sassy, indecisive, caring

“If I could give one piece of advice to my fellow UF students, I would tell them: just enjoy the moment. I feel that we often dwell on how we don’t know where we would want to end up and where our future careers may take us. But it's so important to just enjoy the moment. ”

Sydney Beim

Environmental Geosciences | sydneybeim@ufl.edu

Friendly, bubbly, responsible

“My favorite quote is: ‘Happiness can be found in even the darkest of times, if you only remember to turn on the light.’ -J.K. Rowling. I like it because it's very positive.”

Lauren Cassell

Special Education | lcassell4@ufl.edu

Caring, kind, friendly

“I love being a U Matter Ambassador because I love spreading the message that every gator counts. Spreading positive messages and making people happy makes my day.”

Maria Cirillo

Psychology | marialcirillo@ufl.edu

Short, compassionate, silly

“I love being a U Matter Ambassador because I love showing students how much this community cares about them and that they have a place here.”

Claudia Cruz

Biology | claudiaacruz@ufl.edu

Resilient, Netflix-fanatic, witty, sarcastic, feminist

“The best thing about UF is the amount of opportunities available. You can do anything you want, from research, to fencing, to mentoring.”

Ashley Gersh

Psychology | agersh@ufl.edu

Fitness, yogi, beach bum, aficionado

“If I could give one piece of advice to my fellow UF students, I would tell them: don't be afraid to get to know your professors. They are here for you and want to help you succeed.”

Caline McCarthy

Nutritional Sciences | calinesmccarthy@ufl.edu

Runner, mindful, sarcastic, realistic

“I love being a U Matter Ambassador because I'm super excited to bring consciousness to the unlimited number of resources that we all have access to but so few people use.”

Kelly Oldziej

Biology | koldziej@ufl.edu

Arid food stealer, yogi, sneaker connoisseur

“ My favorite quote is: ‘While it is always best to believe in oneself, a little help from others can be a great blessing.’ -Uncle Iroh; I struggle with letting people help me. ”

Connor Raab

Public Health | connorraab@ufl.edu

Compassionate, ambitious, easy-going

“If I could give one piece of advice to my fellow UF students, I would tell them: take chances. Put yourself out there and involve yourself in unique opportunities.”

Jada Roulhac

Business | jada0816@ufl.edu

Honest, calm, helpful

“If I could give one piece of advice to my fellow UF students, I would tell them: don't be too hard on yourself. Everyone goes through rough times.”

Dakota Stanford

Business Finance | dakotastanford@ufl.edu

Energetic, intentional, caring, hungry

“ I love being a U Matter Ambassador because I enjoy helping others and spreading awareness of love and understanding. ”

Olivia Stewart

Advertising | olivia.stewart13@gmail.com

Funny, competitive, energetic

“My passion is to make people laugh. Jokes and making hard situations lighter are what I love to do.”