Diversity, Inclusion & Racial Healing High School Ambassador Program

UCI & High School Ambassador Program


To inspire human resilience within and beyond high school campuses by promoting a deeper understanding of diversity.


The program seeks to reduce stereotypes of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and abilities through academic preparation, experiential learning, and leadership development.

Our vision is to build empathy, cultural competency, and leadership propensity/skills among the high school participants, so that they can lead efforts to pass on their knowledge to their peers. Thereby preparing students to engage in a diverse and pluralistic environment (which they will inevitable encounter often for the first time once they leave high school).

Students will have access to mentorship and a seminar series at UCI and will be introduced to community resources to help facilitate student-driven projects on their campuses.


  • Seminars
  • Mentorship
  • Field Trips
  • Individual Projects

In partnership with local high schools, Diversity & Inclusion High School Ambassador Program (DIHA) is working to promote better intergroup relations and raise student awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This program will prepare students to engage in a diverse environment by providing opportunity for meaningful intergroup interactions, access to UCI resources, and by partaking in local field trips.

Selected students and a teacher from their high school will participate in 5 seminar courses at the UCI campus led by UCI faculty, staff and community leaders. UCI students will serve as mentors, working with the students as they attend the seminars and assisting them when the students develop projects to implement in their high school campuses.

In addition to the seminars, students will have a chance to take field trips to various museums that compliment the topic studied during the previous seminar. By partaking in field trips and exploring these topics beyond their classroom learning, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the myriad of social and economic realities experienced in the US, be able to share their own experiences, and discover resources in the community.

At the end of the program, students will develop and implement projects of their choice on their High School campuses relating to the topic of diversity and inclusion.


Contact Teresa Neighbors: teresa.neighbors@uci.edu