Application for OBON Ambassadorship

OBON selects 15 to 20 OBON ambassadors to serve as additional student representatives to help implement the One Book One Northwestern Program. Because the mission of OBON is to build community and dialogue across a range of schools, disciplines and groups, ambassadors help One Book reach out to various parts of Northwestern.

Ambassadors work in small groups with a One Book Fellow to promote and support OBON programming for the year. Ambassadors are placed in groups based on their interests and skills (see description of groups below).

The time commitment for the ambassadorship is roughly 1 to 2 hours a week throughout the academic year. Ambassadors receive a free copy of the book as well as special access to various opportunities throughout the year.

Most of the ambassadors’ work falls into four main categories:

       -Web/blog – maintaining One Book’s online presence; writing content and/or soliciting content for the One Book blog and email list
       -Events – assist in planning talks and lectures related to One Book; developing and implementing publicity plans for events
       -Discussion and dialogue – planning and running One Book discussions and collaborating with students, staff and faculty to promote a general intercampus dialogue about the topics and themes explored in the book
       -Publicity and marketing – outreach to the Northwestern community in general and within graduating classes specifically to raise awareness of the program and the subject matter of the book

While each ambassador will primarily function within his or her group, ambassadors are expected to occasionally help with other One Book responsibilities. Ambassadors serve as liaisons to the greater Northwestern community.

One outstanding incoming freshman applicant will be selected for a fellowship position for which the main responsibility will be to provide freshman outreach. This student will work with the dorms, residential halls and peer advisors to connect freshmen to the One Book events and encourage them to participate.

Ambassadorship qualifications:

      -Open to students in any major, school, or year
      -Good academic standing
      -High level of motivation
      -Excellent communication skills
      -Ability and enthusiasm to collaborate with students, faculty, staff, and community partners
      -Proficiency and interest in at least one of the responsibilities (outlined above)


APPLICATION DUE:  October 5, 2013 at 12:01 A.M