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Launch Student Ambassadors

The LAUNCH program facilitates students’ early connection with, and involvement in, high-impact learning opportunities (e.g., research, outreach, global education, creative activity, internships, intellectual competitions, etc.). It does so using a peer-mentoring model in which students already involved in experiential learning mentor students participating in the program. In this manner, LAUNCH provides opportunities for personal growth and skills development for both peer mentors and students participating in the program.

For students engaged in the program, LAUNCH facilitates:

  1. Early awareness of the diverse high-impact practices (HIPs).
  2. Appreciation for the value of participating in HIPs while at WSU.
  3. Alignment of personal values and HIPs in a manner that strengthens skills development and personal growth.
  4. Development of a personal action plan for locating, assessing, and securing a HIP.

For students serving as peer mentors, LAUNCH facilitates development in:

  1. Mentoring and teaching
  2. Teamwork and collaboration
  3. Communication skills
  4. Planning and time-management

LAUNCH Ambassadors

Student College Major Minor
McCall Daniels Arts and Sciences Environmental & Earth Sciences
Janee Gibson Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences Nursing, Human Development Psychology
Rory Nordquist Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences Microbiology
Lindsey Jacobs-Pfluger Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences Human Development Environmental Science Sociology
Corey Rathe Arts and Sciences Anthropology & French
Sydney Robertson Arts and Sciences English – Teaching History American Indian Studies
Andrea Terrazas Arts and Sciences Psychology, Criminal Justice Spanish
Jose Velazquez Arts and Sciences History Sociology
Ruby Verlazquez-Perez  Education Elementary Education (endorsement in ELL)
Lysandra Perez Arts and Sciences  Psychology & Sociology English

LAUNCH in action

We asked our LAUNCH Student Ambassadors questions regarding the newly implemented Transformational Change Institute (TCI).

Topics ranged from what they hope to contribute through TCI, why experiential learning opportunities are important for undergraduate students, and why they think it’s important to building a foundation during year 1 of school.

Highlighted is senior Microbiology major Rory Nordquist, an excited LAUNCH Student Ambassador eager to see how TCI can assist in students’ transition into Washington State University.

“Looking back at my time as a freshman, I was very lucky to be in the Greek community as well as having my job as a teaching assistant, which both acted as experiential learning models and high-impact practices for me. These opportunities definitely influenced the next three years as an undergrad.

“The TCI program would have been beneficial to me in exploring more high-impact practices on campus. I’m beyond happy with what I was placed in but didn’t quite know what all was out there for me as a student. This is why experiential learning opportunities are so important for undergrad students because they best prepare a student in ways instructors may not be able to, such as developing ideas and following through with a process outside of a classroom. I hope that the TCI leaves the ability for that foundation to be formed for incoming freshmen, and I’m excited to see how far the university has progressed in four years time.”

Rory Nordquist, Microbiology

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