The Corcoran Student Ambassador Program is an opportunity for current students to develop leadership skills, represent GW’s Corcoran programs, provide support for the Corcoran Recruitment and Admissions Office and make a positive impact on prospective students and families as they navigate the application process. Corcoran Ambassadors form a special group of arts and design leaders who are dedicated to fostering the GW Corcoran community through engagement within the university, the Corcoran School and beyond.
Corcoran Professional Development Series
Now in its second year, our Corcoran Professional Development Series will take place this March. This series is created by Corcoran Ambassadors for Corcoran students. Please visit our Professional Development Series page for session details and registration information.
About the Program
Our Corcoran Ambassadors are student leaders who provide information about our programs, guide Discover the Arts campus tours, staff key admissions events in the fall and spring, and provide general mentoring and peer guidance to prospective students and families. Ambassador roles can be categorized into the following areas:
- Be a Corcoran Connector.
Ambassadors interact with prospective students through phone calls, mail, email, social media, and campus visits. Ambassadors will provide a student perspective about the experience of being a student and a part of the community at GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.
- Lead Discover the Arts campus tours.
Ambassadors have a significant role in helping students become familiar with Corcoran programs and the GW campus through Discover the Arts campus tours. The Ambassadors guide students and families to visit programs and introduce them to the services, resources and facilities that are key to the arts and design student experience at GW.
- Represent GW and Corcoran programs at key recruitment events.
Each ambassador will participate in activities to help prospective students learn about our programs and what it’s like to be a Corcoran student at GW. Activities include virtual and on-campus open houses and admitted student events.
- Plan Corcoran events and outreach for current students.
Ambassadors work closely with Corcoran staff to plan events for current Corcoran students that build community across our programs. Additional outreach may include developing social media campaigns.
Apply to Be an Ambassador!
Deadlines and instructions for the next application cycle will be posted soon.
Meet Our Corcoran Ambassadors
Ana Arledge is a sophomore student in the University Honors Program majoring in dance and on the pre-health track with hopes to study podiatry. She is from Jacksonville, Florida and attended a performing arts high school where she studied ballet, modern, jazz, and world dance styles. Additionally, Ana has spent 30+ weeks, over summers and holiday breaks, attending prestigious intensive dance opportunities at Ballet Chicago, Florida State University, and Orlando Ballet. Constantly juggling academics, dance class, rehearsals, and call times, Ana has danced in over fifty performances at a pre-professional level.
Excited for her new journey at the George Washington University and thankful for the amazing opportunities the location offers, Ana immerses herself into D.C.’s artistic culture. She is always looking forward to time spent attending dance performances at the Kennedy Center. Through Corcoran’s commitment to providing students with the tools to address pressing issues, Ana is committed to drive change from S.T.E.M. education models to S.T.E.A.M. Understanding the need to integrate the Arts & Design into a scientific concept approach is vital for our future.
Maureen Rafter is a junior on a double-degree track with majors in music and American studies and a minor in S.T.E.M teaching. A native of Williamsport, Maryland, Rafter has spent fifteen years singing classical, theatrical, and jazz music. Before coming to GW, Maureen was a three-year Maryland All-State Choir member, performed with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and was a part of the Disney Candlelight Processional with Neil Patrick Harris. Additionally, Maureen has performed under the direction of composers Ola Gjielo, Andrea Ramsey, and Jake Runestad. In addition to her high school theatre company, she has also performed with Authentic Community Theatre (ACT) and Young Artists of America.
At the Corcoran, Maureen has had the opportunity to combine her interests in music and cultural studies through the school’s B.A. program for music. During her time at GW, Maureen has taken classes in courses focusing on music history, theory, and culture while continuing her studies in voice and piano. The school’s proximity to the Kennedy Center and other artistic hubs has provided her the opportunity to enjoy the performing arts while discovering new passions and perspectives.