International Student Services Office

Meet the Diversity Ambassadors

Become a Diversity Ambassador!

Diversity Ambassadors are domestic and international students at Butler who are dedicated to promoting and enhancing diversity on campus and in the Indianapolis community. One of the main aspects of the Diversity Ambassador's role is to be a contact and mentor for the incoming international students. This year we have 15 students who are dedicated to making your arrival, orientation and first semester as smooth as possible. Take time to read about the Diversity Ambassadors, and do not hesitate to contact them over the summer.

Learn more about the Diversity Ambassadors and read their advice to you by selecting the 'Show Info.' link below their photos!

Abby MILLER2

Abby Miller, Lead DA ~ Show Info

Meet Abby: ammille6@butler.edu

I am a senior English Lit major. I also study French and Strategic Communication. I'm involved in Greek life at Butler and I work downtown, so I'm always up for exploring Indianapolis and getting involved. Other than that, I read a lot and pretend to be good at yoga with my roommates.

Abby's advice to you:

My advice is to take advantage of every opportunity at Butler. We have some really cool, cheap trips that are offered to students that take you to awesome places. And join organizations! That's seriously the best way to meet other students and get involved on campus. Indy is a great place, get ready to have so much fun!

Dakota SPECK

Dakota Speck, Lead DA ~ Show Info

Meet Dakota: dspeck@butler.edu 

Hey! My name is Dakota Speck. I am in my third year at Butler and am studying biology and Spanish. I am involved in many activities around campus such as Butler University Dance Marathon and Butler Pre-Medical Society. In my spare time I like to hang out with friends, watch movies, and go to sporting events.

Dakota's advice to you:

When you get here don't be afraid to try new things, even if they may seem a little intimidating. The international students from this past year that had the most fun were the ones that got the most involved. I can't wait to meet you all soon!

Daniel ADAN

Daniel Adan, Lead DA ~ Show Info

Meet Daniel: dadan@butler.edu

Hey! My name is Daniel Adan and I am currently a junior at Butler University. My main studies at Butler are Biology and French. I love being a part of the "Butler Bubble" and everything that goes on within it. I am currently the vice president of the men's club volleyball team, and when I am not studying for Biology and French, my time is spent playing volleyball and hanging out with friends. We like to venture into downtown Indianapolis or simply go to Broad Ripple and grab something to eat.

Daniel's advice to you:

One piece of advice I will offer is to embrace the change and learn what it means to be a Bulldog! Being a part of a new culture, environment and new people is the best way to discover oneself and conquer new challenges. Don't let the fear of change keep you from doing something you might end up loving. 

Tricia BARTON

Tricia Barton ~ Show Info

Meet Tricia: tcbarton@butler.edu

Hello! I am a junior and I am majoring in Journalism and International Studies and minoring in French. On campus, I am involved with Delta Gamma, Student Government Association, College Republicans, and of course being a Diversity Ambassador. Butler is a great place to have fun with friends, especially at Starbucks! I enjoy socializing with my friends.

Tricia's advice to you:

One piece of advice I would give is to try and meet as many people as possible and to expand your horizons in the U.S. But most of all have a great time! :)

Rithvi MELANTA

Rithvi Melanta ~ Show Info

Meet Rithvi: rmelanta@butler.edu

Hello! My name is Rithvi and I am a junior studying Chemistry with minors in Spanish and Business.  This year, I am on the executive board for two student organizations, Dance Marathon and Help Heal Haiti.  I'm also a part of my sorority, Alpha Phi, and currently work at Butler's Information Technology Help Desk (if you have computer issues, I can help!).  For fun, I love to play tennis and enjoy hanging with my friends! 

Rithvi's advice to you:

My advice: Pack lightly!  There'll be so many things you will want to bring back home with you not only from Butler, but from other places you will visit throughout the semester/year.

Bria Carter

Bria Carter ~ Show Info

Meet Bria: bdcarter@butler.edu

I am an incoming junior studying International Business and Spanish.

At Butler I am a Morton Finney Scholar, which entails lots of community service projects around Indianapolis.  My favorite service project is Coats for Kids at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  My family and I supply new or gently used winter wear to kids all around Indy. I am most heavily involved in the Christian Coalition Organization here at Butler.  I serve as the marketing officer for the organization, meaning I spread the word about the organization through social media or flyers around campus.  Almost every day of the week I spend about two hours at a local middle school mentoring students and tutoring Math and English. 

I love anything involving music and food! Indianapolis always has really cheap summer concerts and I almost always go! There are also really awesome local hip-hop artists that I try to support whenever possible.  Broad Ripple is the best place for little holes in the wall, restaurants that you'd never notice unless suggested by a friend.  I love finding new places to eat, my favorites being Mexican or Italian food. 

Bria's advice to you:

One piece of advice: get involved! The first few weeks of school are all about getting new students to interact with all types of people on campus.  Take advantage and scope out the organizations that cater to your interests and have fun!!

Aimee GREEN

Aimee Green ~ Show Info

Meet Aimee: algreen@butler.edu

Hi! My name is Aimee and I'm a junior International Business and Marketing major. I'm originally from Cincinnati which is about an hour and a half from Indianapolis. I'm in a sorority at butler, Pi Beta Phi. In Pi Phi I'm the Vice President of Communications. Also I'm on SGA's Public Relations board as a New Media Chair. For fun I like to go to other Greek house events. I also love to go grab a bite to eat in Broad Ripple especially at the Broad Ripple Bagel Deli and Noodles. And movies! I love movies! I spend a lot of time watching action and comedies. And a lot of time watching sitcoms like "How I met your Mother" and "New Girl". Other than that I like to hang out with my friends and do just about anything.

Aimee's advice to you:

My one piece of advice for incoming students is don't be nervous and keep an open mind, Americans are friendly I promise.

Jacob TOWNSEND

Jacob Townsend ~ Show Info

Meet Jacob: jtownsen@butler.edu

Hey everyone! I'm a senior accounting student with a minor in computer science and I'm from a small town called Seymour about an hour south of Indianapolis. I am a member of the University Marching and Basketball bands, and a member of the band service organization Tau Beta Sigma. Whenever I'm not playing in the band at football and basketball games, I love just hanging out around campus with my friends, especially out on the mall (you'll find out what that is soon!) when the weather is nice, as well as watching movies and playing a variety of sports, particularly soccer (REAL football).

Jacob's advice to you:

My best advice would be to get involved on campus as soon as you can. There's plenty of organizations, clubs, and sports groups you can join. It's a great way to meet friends and feel much more comfortable around campus.


 

Eric BECKER

Eric Becker ~ Show Info

Meet Eric: enbecker@butler.edu

I am a Senior (4th Year)  and I major in International Studies and German.

On campus I was in the Marching Band  my freshman year and was in the Basketball Band my first two years at  Butler.  In January 2014 I was on  Butler's Model U.N. Team.  In my  community in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri I am a volunteer at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, where I worked in various ways. A few of which were working at the play rooms for the patients, taking patients to and from physical therapy, and organizing the files in the offices.  I started volunteering there in 2010 and still volunteer there when I can today. 
 
For fun, I enjoy playing and listening to music.  I play the piano, mostly classical music, but I listen to a very wide range of music. It is hard to classify which type of music specifically, I basically listen to anything I enjoy.  I also enjoy snowboarding, camping, hiking, and being outside in general. 
 
Eric's advice to you:

One piece of advice I would give is that life at Butler University is what you make of it. There are tons of things for you to do both at and outside of the university.  As long as you make an initial effort you will quickly find people with similar interests as you.  The University also hosts several events where you can meet new people as well. 

Olivia WOLFE

Olivia Wolfe ~ Show Info

Meet Olivia: owolfe@butler.edu

I am a senior this year, studying International Studies and Spanish (majors) and German and English Literature (minors). I am a group fitness instructor for Pilates at the Health and Recreation Center (HRC), a German tutor, and am also involved in Greek Life as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. I absolutely love cooking, riding my bike around town, working out (pretty much any type that you can imagine, I do!), and trying out different restaurants in the Indy area. I am a tea fanatic and can never read enough books or watch enough foreign films! I also love learning and speaking foreign languages, so come chat with me in your native tongue and I will be ecstatic to chat with you!

Olivia's advice to you:

If I could only give you one piece of advice, I would say to keep up with do317.com for all Indy-wide events - there are tons of festivals, concerts, art shows, wine tastings, etc. especially during the fall and spring! There is nothing better than being involved in the community and on campus. 

 

Emery BARNES

Emery Barnes ~ Show Info

Meet Emery: ebarnes@butler.edu

Whatsup guys! My name is Emery Barnes (no nicknames so you guys don't have to worry about being confused). I am an incoming sophomore double majoring in Marketing and International Business. I run Track & Field here and am a part of the fellowship and service group Athletes in Action. I also am a member of Timmy Global Health which is a philanthropic group that volunteers, raises money, and host vitamin drives for children and families in Guatemala. I am a HUGE fan of music; I play several instruments and enjoy listening to any type of music (as long as it's good). I also absolutely love to cook maybe just food for that matter) so if you guys are looking for the best places to eat in the states I'm your guy!

Emery's advice to you:

One piece of advice I have for you guys as incoming students is to not be afraid to branch out and show your true personality...I promise you guys us Americans do not bite :) But honestly, Butler as well as the states has so much to offer and I want you all to take full advantage of everything that it does have to offer. At the same time make sure you prioritize your studies and make your main focus education. There will be plenty of time for fun, but that's only after your school work is completed! Last, I want this experience for you guys to be one that you will always remember so if you need help in any aspect, do not feel hesitant to ask or contact me. That's all for now, see you in August!!!

 

Emma SALTER

Emma Salter ~ Show Info

Meet Emma: esalter@butler.edu

  • I am a junior here at Butler studying Organizational Communication and Leadership, with a minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. 
  • I am proud to say I am very involved on campus.  I serve on the Executive Board for my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. I am also the president of Butler's LGBT organization on campus, Alliance.  I love my job-I serve as a Butler Student Ambassador (a tour guide!), and this fall, I will be working in the Speaker's Lab.  I love showing my Butler spirit, and I love trying new things!  I also work at a consignment maternity store in Broad Ripple, a little town about ten minutes from campus. 
  • I love hanging out with friends and meeting new people!  There is so much to do on campus that my friends and I usually find something going on, whether it be just watching a movie, going to a campus event, or hanging out on the mall.

Emma's advice to you:

My advice to you all is that you try new things, even if that scares you a little bit!  It's a great way to find a new passion, make new friends, and learn more about yourself and the world around you.

Mack REED

Mack Reed ~ Show Info

Meet Mack: mfreed@butler.edu

Hello! I am a junior psychology and Spanish double major, and I am also studying neuroscience as my minor. I am Vice President of the Spanish Club here on campus and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. I also work in the aquatics center at the Health and Recreation Complex here as a swim instructor and lifeguard. For fun I like to swim and hang out in downtown Indianapolis.

Mack's advice to you:

One piece of advice I have is to try your best to make the most out of this experience. Try new things, find organizations on campus that you would enjoy being a part of, go on adventures, make memories, and most of all, don't be afraid to ask questions!