Become a Staff Ambassador


Join a selective group of 25 staff members participating in a nationally recognized leadership program.

The USA sessions occur one day per month from August - June. Annual leave is not affected and there is no cost to the employee.

USA applications

Applications must be received in the office of human resources by the deadline to be considered for the next year's cohort. Hand delivery of completed applications is recommended.

Applications for class of 2025 are now available.

Deadline: June 14, 2024.


USA digital badge

Upon completion of the program, all graduates will receive a smart, digital badge in their My Learning Connection profile!  To signify their great accomplishment and newfound expertise!

Who is eligible to participate in the USA Program?

Any full-time staff member who has been employed full-time for a minimum of one year by the start date of that year's program is eligible to apply. Both classified and unclassified staff from every job category are eligible to participate.

How are staff selected for the program?

Membership for each cohort will be selected by each respective vice president/provost. A diverse cohort composition is desired, so staff from a variety of job types will be selected from the applicant pool. Staff should consider it an honor to be selected for this program.

How many staff will be selected each year?

Twenty-five staff will be selected for the program each year. These individuals will form that year’s "cohort" and will go through the 11 month program together as a group.

When will I be notified that I was either selected or not selected for the program?

We will notify applicants if they were selected three weeks prior to the start of the program.

What if I apply, but am not selected for the program?

Since each year's cohort consists of only 25 participants, not all applicants can be selected each year. Selection into the USA Program is considered an honor. Not being selected into a cohort should not be construed as meaning you are not worthy of the program. If you are not selected, you are encouraged to apply again the following year.

Learn more about the program