The CJ Ambassadors include (l to r) Gloria Sanchez, Lindsay Ashworth, Kevin Madden, Erin-Audrey Allen and Rogelio Espinoza.
“Being an ambassador for the College of Criminal Justice presents networking opportunities, leadership development, and a chance to give back to the College and the University as a whole,” said Kalyn Cavazos of the College of Criminal Justice Advising Office.
The ambassadors include Seniors Lindsay Ashworth, Rogelio Espinoza, and Kevin Madden, and Juniors Erin-Audrey Allen and Gloria Sanchez. They will aid students during upcoming events, such as Career Week, Real Talk w/CJ, Saturdays at SAM and Honors Day, as well as participate in visits with local high schools. Look for them in their distinctive uniform, which include a black polo with a CJ Ambassador logo and khaki pants.
Ambassadors will assist at the CJ Career Fair, scheduled for March 5.The ambassadors represent many different facets of the College of Criminal Justice and come from diverse backgrounds.
Ashworth is pursuing a criminal justice degree, with hopes of earning a Ph.D. to do research on victim’s issues, such as sexual assault and human trafficking. She recently coauthored a legislative brief with the Crime Victims’ Institute examining the issue of sex assault resources available on Texas college campuses. She serves as President of the Crime Victim Services Alliance, a student organization dedicated to advancing knowledge and awareness about victim services as a movement and a profession.
Lindsay Ashworth (l)also serves as president of the Crime Victim Services Alliance.“I like talking to high school students that don’t know what they want to do,” said Ashworth. “I encourage them to go to school and get involved.”
Espinoza, who was an infantryman in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, KY and served a tour in Iraq, is majoring in criminal justice, with a minor in Spanish. Espinoza hopes to become a juvenile probation officer.
“I want to help the kids that are going the wrong route in life,” said Espinoza.
Madden is majoring in criminal justice and wants to get this Master’s degree in political science or public administration. His goal is to become a district attorney or judge.
“It gives me an opportunity to represent the program that helped me realize what I want to do in life,” said Madden.
Allen also has her sights set on becoming an attorney, pursuing a degree in criminal justice with a minor in legal studies.
Ambassadors will guide prospective students and their families during Saturdays@SAM.“I want to represent my college and serve as a liaison to students,” Allen said.
Sanchez wants to be a victim’s advocate and has gotten a jump start on her career as a volunteer with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), a community-based program that recruits, trains and supports citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. She wants to help others find their future career paths.
“I want to find out more and see what careers are out there,” said Sanchez. “I would like to make some connections and help other people make their connections.”
The CJ Ambassador program exemplifies the motto of Sam Houston State University: "The measure of a life is its service."