What is the Dean’s Student Circle?

At the School of Communication, students are at the core of all we do. The Dean’s Student Circle (DSC) is an organization of student ambassadors who represent the School to prospective students, new students, and the University of Miami at large by participating in outreach and recruitment, leading tours, and assisting in orientations and panels. Members also share ideas and student feedback with School leadership.

The DSC also offers a mentorship program which connects students within their first two semesters at the SoC with students who have ideally at least three semesters at the School.

The Dean’s Student Circle Mentorship Program

The Dean’s Student Circle Mentorship Program at the School of Communication helps students succeed by connecting students within their first two semesters at the SoC with students who have ideally at least three semesters at the School. This program equips new students with the resources and peer guidance needed to help them navigate the multiple facets of college life.

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors must have at least 2 semesters completed in the School of Communication. In this role, members represent the School to prospective students, new students, and the UM community by participating in outreach and recruitment, leading tours, and assisting in orientation activities and panel discussions. They also share ideas and student feedback with School leadership.


Mentors are Student Ambassadors who ideally have at least 3 semesters with the School of Communication. The ideal mentor has already completed an internship, devoted time to a University of Miami organization, and used the resources on campus. Mentors are paired with new students who may not be familiar with all the opportunities available at UM.


If you are new to the School of Communication, the DSC Mentorship Program was designed with you in mind. As part of this program, you are paired with a mentor in one of your areas of study who will show you how to utilize the resources at UM and at the School to maximize your experience. This opportunity allows newer students to form developmental relationships that help them navigate the academic, professional, and practical realities of college life.

How to Join

Visit one of the links above to complete an online form. Complete applications include a resume, a letter of recommendation, and at least a 3.0 GPA in both the SoC and UM. Selected students will be asked to participate in a short interview.

All applicants must be in good standing and students in the School of Communication.


  • New student transfer orientation activities (at the beginning of each semester)

  • Special Events (including, but not limited to: Open House, Family Weekend, Communication Week, guest speakers, panels, etc.)

  • Participate in outreach and recruitment

  • Giving a tour once a week or once every other week based on the student’s schedule/availability

  • Help the Admissions, Academic and Alumni Office during advising times

  • Assist in phone campaigns

  • Mentoring of Freshmen

  • Peer Counseling

  • Help students as they look for internships or jobs, promote events

Current Ambassadors/Mentors

Cameron Aynehchi

Hometown: Orange County, CA

Major: Advertising and Film

Favorite Internship: Waldorf Astoria

Extracurricular Activities: Pi Kappa Phi Philanthropy Chair, U Miami Chabad, Canes for Israel

Favorite Quote: “If you make it congrats, but if you miss try again.”

Margaret Christovich

Hometown: Potomac, MD

Major: Communication Honors—Website Development and Design

Minor: Art

Favorite Internship: Web Developer with UM Communications

Extracurricular Activities: Graphic Designer for Art for Kids, Web Developer with Orange Umbrella, UM Communications Web Team

Favorite Quote: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” -Mark Twain

Catherine Coffenberg

Hometown: Fair Haven, NJ

Major: Media Management

Minor: Music Business and Entertainment, Sport Administration

Favorite Internship: Content Writer at SportsBlog.com

Extracurricular Activities: HP Concerts, Orientation Fellow, USPORT, Intramural Club Tennis, UMLUX, American Marketing Association, Media Management Association, Tutor at the Camner Center

Favorite Quote: “There may be people who have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” -Derek Jeter

Leslie Dominique

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Major: Broadcast Journalism

Minor: International Studies, Psychology

Favorite Internship: FOX News

Extracurricular Activities: UMTV, Distraction, Planet Kreyol

Favorite Quote: “To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness” – Robert Morley

Charlotte Fox

Hometown: Newton, MA

Major: Motion Pictures

Minor: Psych and ECS

Favorite Internship: Development Intern at Dolphin Entertainment

Extracurricular Activities: Get Out The Vote, Delta Kappa Alpha, Delta Delta Delta

Favorite Quote: “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” -Francois Rabelais

Mallory Garber

Major: Media Management

Minor: Marketing

Cristina Herrera

Hometown: Manassas, Virginia

Major: Broadcast Journalism and Cinema Productions

Minor: Public relations

Favorite Internship: Social Media and Marketing Intern at the Wyndham Championship

Extracurricular Activities: UMTV Pulse Executive Producer

Favorite Quote: The goal isn’t to live forever, but to create something that will.” -Selena Quintanilla

Veah Hope

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Major: Public Relations and Media Management

Minor: Psychology and Finance

Favorite Internship: 8 Degrees PR

Extracurricular Activities: Delta Phi Epsilon, Girls of Outreach and Diversity, Caribbean Student Association, Club Volleyball, Student Government Board of Communications.

Favorite Quote: “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs

Ella Howard

Major: Public Relations

Minor: Music Business, Marketing

Caroline McDonald

Major: Public Relations

Minor: Music Business, Marketing

Rachel Schlow

Hometown: Bridgewater, NJ

Major: Media Management

Minor: Public Relations

Favorite Internship: Publicis Groupe Internship Program: Project Manager at Razorfish Health

Extracurricular Activities: Delta Delta Delta, Orange Umbrella, PRSSA

Favorite Quote: “Be you, do you, for you.”

Julie Schoen (Mentor)

Hometown: Newton, MA

Major: Public Relations

Minor: Psychology

Favorite Internship: Marketing Internship at Modern Luxury Media

Extracurricular Activities: Orange Umbrella, PRSSA, and Delta Delta Delta Sorority

Favorite Quote: “Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here and don’t give a damn what anyone thinks.” -Christina Yang—Grey’s Anatomy

Shane Shakoor

Marie-Paulina Stein

Hometown: Paris, France

Major: Advertising

Minor: Marketing and Education

Favorite Internship: INVTN (Advertising Firm in NYC)

Extracurricular Activities: Alpha Delta Pi, Tau Sigma, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Uthrift and Miami Chaarg.

Favorite Quote: “Always remember that your present situation is not your final destination. The best is yet to come.”

Savannah Steinberg

Hometown: Natick, MA

Major: Public Relations (Honors)

Minor: Business Law

Favorite Internship: Public Relations Intern at McNeil, Gray and Rice Strategic Communication

Extracurricular Activities: UMTV, School of Communication Honors Program, Tri Delta Sorority

Favorite Quote: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” -Abraham Lincoln

Briana Vargas

Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Major: Public Relations

Minor: Marketing, Business Law, & Spanish

Favorite Internship: Law Intern

Extracurricular Activities: Alpha Delta Pi, Phi Alpha Delta, and Empower Me First

Favorite Quote: “Don’t forget what you have now was once a goal.”

Treasure Wilson

Major: Broadcast Journalism

Minor: Political Science

Tyler Walsh

Hometown: Reading, Massachusetts

Major: Broadcast Journalism & Psychology

Minors: Film

Extracurricular Activities: UMTV, Calling Canes, National Broadcasting Society

Favorite Quote: “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Julia Barger

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Major: Communication Studies

Minors: Media Management, Marketing, Music Business

Favorite Internship: Working with fitness by the sea this summer.

Extracurricular Activities: Hurricane Productions, Panhellenic Association, Media Management Association, ‘Cane Records

Favorite Quote: “If you can look at yourself in the mirror at the end of the day and say you tried your hardest then regardless the outcome, you did well” -Glenn Barger

Shane Shakoor

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland

Major: Motion Pictures

Minors: Strategic Communication; Communication Studies

Favorite Internship: Operations & Special Projects Intern at Consumer Credit Counseling Services

Extracurricular Activities: Associate Producer of UMTV’s ‘The Culture’ PR Chair of Sociology/Criminology Club; United Black Students; NAACP; Horizons Orientation Mentor

Favorite Quote: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama