TAOYAKA Student Ambassador

TAOYAKA Student Ambassador

The position of the TAOYAKA Student Ambassador (TSA) was created in 2015 in response to strong student demand for representatives, who could act as facilitators and/or mediators on student issues. 

The first TSAs, Fuyo Yamamoto and Benjamin Blevins, were appointed in 2015 by Professor Kaneko from the Social Implementation course. In addition to their above mentioned role, they also planned a quarterly social event for TAOYAKA students, staff members, and professors. In addition, as a result of these TSAs’ effort, the TAOYAKA Student Seminar Series (TSSS) initiated on November 30, 2016. The series is an interdisciplinary endeavor offering venue for students to meet and exchange information about their research and ideas. The first TSAs worked for two academic years and then passed their roles on to the next generation of students at the beginning of the 2017 academic year. 

The second TSAs, Rie UsuiSwagata Das, and Thomas Kloepfer, were appointed as representatives of one of the three divisions in the TAOYAKA program: culture creation, technical creation, and social implementation, respectively. These second TSAs continued to support TSSS and worked closely with the Office for implementing the series. They also summarized roles and responsibilities of the TSA and put it all together in the file, “TAOYAKA Student Ambassador (TSA) Position.”

 

The list of TAOYAKA Student Ambassadors (2015~)

Academic
Year
Social Implementation Course  Cultural Creation Course  Technical Creation Course
2015   Fuyo Yamamoto
  Benjamin Blevins
 N/A  N/A
2016   Fuyo Yamamoto
  Benjamin Blevins
 N/A  N/A
2017   Thomas Kloepfer  Rie Usui   Swagata Das
2018 TBA Simona Zollet Kohei Shimasaki