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CAPS Ambassador Program

Recruiting Fall 2017 Ambassadors. Contact Cindy Manzano, DSW, LCSW to receive an application. Completed Application Must Be Received No Later Than Friday Sept 1st. Mandatory meetings will be held Mondays 9:00am-9:50am throughout the Fall 2017 semester.

Purpose:

UTA CAPS Ambassadors serve to promote emotional well-being and mental health outreach through education and awareness initiatives throughout campus. They also provide feedback on mental health-related issues and policies from a student perspective and attend special events throughout the school year to promote mental health awareness.

 

Mission, Principles, and Goals:

The mission of the CAPS Ambassador Program is to provide an opportunity for University of Texas at Arlington students to develop leadership, community outreach, and human services skills while also serving as change agents in promoting health, wellness, and mental health awareness in the UTA community. Through this program, CAPS aims to train student leaders in providing mental health outreach programming to their peers and to the UTA community as a whole.

CAPS Ambassadors receive training and mentorship in serving as outreach assistants for CAPS, with the aim of decreasing myths about seeking help, empowering and motivating other students to make healthy life changes, and providing information on counseling and CAPS services to raise awareness and decrease mental health stigma on campus.

Ambassadors will also provide input to the director and clinicians on issues concerning student mental health, such as accessibility, on-call hours, range of services, sensitivity to issues of culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, student fees, quality and general satisfaction.

They will have opportunities to make suggestions and engage in discussions with clinicians and staff for enhancements to services and new program initiatives based on student input (which may include surveys or focus groups) regarding their wants and needs.

Commitment and Requirements:

  • CAPS Ambassadors are selected based on their community service experience, energy, drive to succeed, commitment to being a change agent in the UTA community, motivation to reach their personal/academic/professional goals, and overall leadership potential.
  • Ambassadors must be in good academic, maintaining a GPA of 2.75 or above each semester they serve as ambassadors.
  • Students must be in good judicial standing and adhere to UTA standards of conduct.
  • Adherence to professional behavior is required as you will have a leadership role on campus and serve as a role model to other UTA students.
  • Students are required to attend all scheduled trainings and meetings and are required to participate in outreach events as scheduled/committed to throughout the semester