Who we are
The Yates Project is a unique initiative coordinated through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Members, known as Yates Ambassadors, serve the university as official ambassadors in their hometowns and local communities. Membership is comprised of a diverse group of student leaders from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Fill out this form to have a Yates ambassador contact you. Visit us on Twitter!
Where are you from? Danville, VA.
Major: Multimedia Journalism
Campus involvement: Innovate Living Learning Community, University Innovation Fellows, Presidential Innovations Scholars Advisory Board, Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program, Dough 4 Degrees, LLC and Danielle Jeffers Enterprises, LLC
What do I like most about Virginia Tech is... the culture, people, and food.
Where are you from? Lorton, VA.
Minor: International Business
Campus involvement: Chris Hurst for Delegate, Student Worker at Undergraduate Admissions.
What do I like most about Virginia Tech is... BIT program and the many student organizations available.
What other languages do you speak? Amharic
Where are you from? Norfolk, VA.
Campus involvement: Secretary for the Theta Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Vice President of NPHC, Intern for the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.
What do I like most about Virginia Tech is... the people and the food and to know that wherever I go Hokie nation is everywhere.
Where are you from? Arlington, VA.
Minor: Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
Campus involvement: WAJ Residential Leadership, University Scholarships and Financial Aid (job), Black Student Alliance.
What do I like most about Virginia Tech is... It felt like home the first day I moved in. The sense of community and the bond that roams around campus is something that one thought you could only dream until coming to Virginia Tech.
Where are you from? Baltimore, MD.
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Diversity and Community Engagement
Campus involvement: National Society of Black Engineers; Society of Women Engineers; Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.
What do I like most about Virginia Tech is... how much 'Ut Prosim' is actually a part of the community. People here really do have a desire to help others and there are so many opportunities to do so.
Where are you from? Vienna, VA.
Campus involvement: New Horizon Scholar, Pump Mentor, BIT Club.
What do I like most about Virginia Tech is... the enviroment and the culture on campus.
Do you speak any other languages? Amharic
Where are you from? Houston, TX.
Campus involvement: Hypatia, Student Advisory Commitee, National Society of Black Engineers, Black Student Alliance, New Student Programs.
What do I like most about Virginia Tech is... the Opportunities.
Where are you from? Annandale, VA.
Minor: BME and Mathematics
Campus involvement: CAMEO Careerfest Chair, Undergraduate Research - He Lab, SHPE, InclusiveVT Student Representative.
What do I like most about Virginia Tech is... their continuous effort for advancing diversity and inclusion on campus.
Do you speak any other languages? Spanish
Where are you from? Virginia Beach, VA.
Campus involvement: ISE Ambassadors, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), CEED Mentoring.
What do I like most about Virginia Tech is... I love the professor's they always there to support you academically and professionally.
Do you speak any other languages? Spanish
The Yates Project supports the university’s diversity recruitment initiatives by targeting populations that are historically under represented at Virginia Tech which include students that identify as Black or African American, Hispanic and/or Latino, Native American and Indigenous; students from lower socioeconomic status; college access and pipeline programs; and students from rural areas of Appalachia.
What We Do
Yates Ambassadors have a presence at most large-scale recruitment programs on campus. In addition, they coordinate visits and deliver presentations to special groups and high schools. All sessions are given from a student’s perspective and genuine. In addition, Yates Ambassadors are well involved within the greater Virginia Tech community and are active in a wide array of activities and events based on each individual’s interest.