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Ambassadors 2015

Too few young people are aware of what a liberal arts education can offer, especially those from underserved backgrounds: young people from underrepresented ethnicities, or low-income families, or whose parents didn't attend college. Unfamiliar with the liberal arts alternative, these young people risk missing out on an education that can serve not just their career interests, but all dimensions of their lives.


With the support of the Foundation for Independent Higher Education and of two generous friends of Westmont, the Gaede Institute created the Liberal Arts Ambassadors program to address this critical need. The Ambassadors are college students, many from underserved backgrounds themselves, who visit Santa Barbara area schools helping students discover all the ways that a liberal arts education can serve their future. Along the way, the Ambassadors become more deeply invested in their own education, develop marketable skills, and enjoy a supportive network with others who share similar backgrounds.


Liberal Arts Ambassadors currently serve as tutors and mentors at Carpinteria High School and the Santa Barbara Police Activities League. They strive to help equip young people to be successful college applicants, offering the inspiration and guidance so desperately needed through the complex process of preparing for college.

LAA class

Before you Choose a College, Choose an Education, a booklet and companion website(, help the young people our Ambassadors are working with to discover all that college can be forthem and show how a liberal arts education can meet their needs. Westmont's admissions and orientation programs are also using these resources, as are other colleges and universities, helping prospective students across the country better understand the value of a liberal arts education.