Office of Strategic Recruitment and Outreach

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Learn about the Multilingual Ambassador Program

The VCU Multilingual Ambassador Program, one of only five projects selected for REAL Challenge Grant funding as part of the 2021 REAL Grants Initiative, aims to connect multilingual students at VCU with multilingual students in Region 1 K-12 schools in central Virginia.

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The Office of Strategic Recruitment and Outreach supports the continued success of prospective student outreach. This includes working with local, regional, national and international partner organizations. Our team is committed to identifying barriers to future students to our School of Education academic programs, and collaborating across units to identify creative and sustainable change to improve the admissions process. Through strategic data analysis, student engagement and partner feedback, our team works to continually improve the admissions experience.

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Want to know the different pathways to a four-year degree? How to write a college admissions essay? Where to find information about scholarships? Visit our Resource Blogs page to find answers to these and many other questions to help you on your road to success!

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Meet Our Team

Recruitment Staff

Headshot of Jenna Lenhardt.Jenna Lenhardt, Director of Strategic Recruitment and Outreach, (804)
Jenna Lenhardt, Ph.D., leads the Office of Strategic Recruitment and Outreach. She develops strategic recruitment plans for graduate programs and directs partnership engagement and outreach. Jenna grew up near Ithaca, N.Y.

Headshot of Jada Wright.Jada Wright, Undergraduate Recruitment Coordinator, (804)
Jada Wright coordinates recruitment events and activities on campus and throughout the Greater Richmond area, conducts information sessions for prospective students, and collaborates with university and community partners.

Headshot of Angelique JamesAngelique James, Graduate Assistant, (804)
Angelique James earned a VCU bachelor's degree in mass communications with a concentration in broadcast journalism in 2022. She is currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Counselor Education and loves to explore criminal psychology in her free time. Angelique is from Fairfax, Va., and plans to move to New York after graduation!

Content Team

Bailey TrailorBailey Traylor, Ambassador,
Bailey Traylor is a senior majoring in mass communications with a concentration in creative advertising. She is from Dinwiddie, Virginia.

Sonu SunilSonu Sunil, Ambassador,
Sonu is a sophomore in Graphic Design who recently received an associate's degree in Graphic design. She is originally from India.

Melisa TranMelisa Tran, Ambassador,
Melisa Tran is a senior graphic designer with strong interests in film and fitness.

Headshot of Shabnam NooristanyShabnam Nooristany, Ambassador,
Shabnam Nooristany is a Public Relations major with a minor in international studies, and is from Arlington, Virginia.

Headshot of Ailya Gillani, student ambassador.Ailya Gillani, Ambassador,
Ailya Gillani is a NOVA native studying as a senior at the VCU School of Education! Her dream is to one day have a elementary classroom of her own, upon completing her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education.

Data Team

Cheyanne BrownCheyanne Brown, Team Lead,
Cheyanne Brown is a senior from Suffolk, Virginia, majoring in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Crime Scene Investigation with minors in both Psychology and Education.

Jazmin TilfasJazmin Tilfas, Ambassador,
Jazmin Tilfas is a Newport News, Virginia, native majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Chemical Science. 

Nadeem AbdulmelikNadeem Abdulmelik, Ambassador,
Nadeem Abdulmelik is a second year majoring in Comp Sci from Williamsburg, Virginia.

Taniah KirbyTaniah Kirby, Ambassador,
Taniah Kirby is a senior from Hampton, Virginia, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. 

Remi GriffinRemi Griffin, Ambassador,
Remi Griffin is a senior from Virginia Beach, Virginia, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish.

Esther DakwakEsther Dakwak, Ambassador,
Esther Dakwak is from Petersburg, Virginia, majoring in Pre-Nursing and minor in Psychology. 


Front Desk Team

Noah Collins, Ambassador,
Noah Collins is a senior from Roanoke, Virginia, majoring in Criminal Justice with plans to attend law school.

Tyra TillerTyra Tiller, Ambassador,
Tyra Tiller is a transfer Sophomore from Richmond, Virginia. Currently majoring in Pre-Nursing.

Cyrinah ClabonCyrinah Clabon, Ambassador,
Cyrinah Clabon is a sophomore from Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is majoring in Childhood Education focusing on getting her license in grades Pre-K through 6th.

Sydney WardrettSydney Wardett, Ambassador,
Sydney Wardrett is a sophomore from Silver Spring, Maryland. Currently majoring in English with hopes of attending law school after completing her undergraduate studies.

Taz HossainTaz Hossain, Ambassador,
Taz Hossain is a freshman from Fairfax, Virginia. Currently majoring in Computer Science to pursue a career in IT support or software development.

Chi Chi EzumahChi Chi Ezumah, Ambassador,
Chi Chi Ezumah is a sophomore from NOVA majoring in Dental Hygiene.

Orina ChenOrina Chen, Ambassador,
Orina Chen is a junior from Central Virginia. Currently majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business.


Video/Creative Team

Alyssa ScintaAlyssa Scinta, Team Lead,
Alyssa Scinta is from Raleigh, North Carolina, majoring in Kinetic Imaging and minoring in Media Studies. 

Marian NicholsonMarian Nicholson, Ambassador,
Marian Nicholson is a freshman from NOVA majoring in Theatre and minoring in Business. She has much experience on and off stage as well as in creating videos, directing, writing, educating/teaching and much more! 

Headshot of Thomas YoungsThomas Youngs, Ambassador,
Thomas Youngs is from Purcellville, Virginia, and is majoring in Photography and Film.

Chelsea Khoury, Ambassador,
Chelsea Khoury is a junior from Springfield, Virginia, and is majoring in Business Adminstration with a concentration in Marketing.