Arts and Humanities Student Ambassadors

In the School of Arts and Humanities we call our student ambassadors the Gemini Ambassadors or "Gems" for short.

Our A&H Gems support various departments at recruitment events, student panels, prospective student/transfer events, undergraduate program events and more. Their purpose is outreach, student engagement, and peer mentoring.

The Gems serve as the face of the School of Arts and Humanities. They represent the school to the community at large, the overall campus community, and to all students—past, present, and future.

Spring 2021 Gemini Ambassadors

Gemini Ambassadors
Pale Almissouri

Pale Almissouri

I’m Pale Almissouri and I am currently a freshman history major with a minor in political science. I have always been passionate about learning about our past and applying it to our future. As a student on the pre-law track, my main career goal is to work in the human rights law field. When I am not working at my part-time job as a kid’s birthday party host, I am involved with the student volunteerism club, SPARK, and the John Marshall Pre-Law Society. I also enjoy hobbies such as playing The Sims, running a Twitter page for my cat, and obsessively using Google Calendar. I love helping my community and being part of something bigger than myself. Being an A&H Gemini Ambassador is such a great honor and I look forward to working with both students and faculty to make A&H at UT Dallas even better than it already is!

Micayla Hemphill

Micayla Hemphill

I’m Micayla Hemphill, a junior visual arts major with an innovation and entrepreneurship minor. The reason why I create art and study business is because I want to tell stories through a different lens. The groups I am involved in on campus are Eternity Sisters, a Christian sisterhood, and a female-centered entrepreneurship accelerator, GalXC. I am a current recipient of the Bryce and Jonelle Jordan Scholarship (Visual Arts). After graduation, I want to explore business in the art world and eventually start my own business. Once I become successful, and on my way up, I want to bring up artists who are not well known to provide opportunities. It is a privilege to be a Gemini Ambassador under the Visual and Performing Arts track, and ultimately, I want to leave the School of Arts and Humanities better than when I came in.

Rica Lelina

Rica Lelina

I’m Rica Lelina, a current junior studying literature. My interest in this field is to help me refine universally needed skills—such as writing, communication, and critical thought process—as well as to learn people’s stories and connect with them. I’m currently involved in Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society), a service-oriented music organization called Fusion UTD, the Writing Center, and I now have the pleasure of being a Gemini Ambassador. After graduation, I’m interested in pursuing a career in technical writing, editing, or library science as well as being involved in community or global outreach. I’m also passionate about creating music, reading about Shakespeare, and buying books with compelling covers. I would love to connect with anyone who’s interested in having a chat about the Arts and Humanities (A&H) program, looking for advice from a peer, or just hoping to make a new connection. I am sincerely delighted to be part of this new chapter in A&H and see how the story plays out.

Ben Wise

Ben Wise

I'm Ben Wise, a senior visual and performing arts major with broad interests in arts education, history, and public policy. I became a Gemini Ambassador because I love our tight-knit and community oriented school, and want to make sure other Arts and Humanities students feel as welcome here as I do. Outside of my work as a Gem, I serve as a social chair in Novis, the university's premier a cappella group, an officer in the student-run company Comet Opera, and an editor for the McDermott Blog. I also volunteer as a moderator for the Georgia Academic Team Association. In my free time, you can find me reading in one of the green spaces around campus, practicing with the UTD men's volleyball team, or learning my favorite songs on the recorder. I'm excited to contribute to the growth and success of the A&H community, and I can't wait to see everyone back on campus!

Rutendo Chando
Patricia Mathu

Benefits of Membership

The A&H Gems Advisors offer opportunities for professional development, networking, team-building, bi-weekly meetings with lunches provided and more. We want our Gems to be fully integrated into every aspect of A&H and to model all of the opportunities A&H offers every student.

Each member of the Gemini Ambassadors who successfully completes the number of hours required for the fall and spring semesters will receive a letter of recommendation by A&H Interim Dean Nils Roemer.

Apply to A&H Gems

The application and selection process will consist of an initial application review, a group interview, and a panel interview with the A&H Gems Advisors. Applications will open again in Spring 2021.

In order to be reviewed by the selection committee, all materials for new applicants must be submitted via the online application by the deadline. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed or considered for advancement to the next round of consideration.

A&H Gems Eligibility

  • Full-time UT Dallas undergraduate student
  • Declared A&H major
  • Available for biweekly meetings on Fridays at noon
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

A&H Gems Advisors