Economic Ambassadors Program

Economic Ambassadors is designed for students who are interested in exploring the relationship between economics, politics, and a free and prosperous society.

A group of student ambassadors who are passionate about economic ideas will be selected to work alongside faculty advisors to help organize and promote community-wide events. These events might include guest speaker series, reading groups, or debate and discussion forums that cover variety of important issues. Our goal is to foster an interdisciplinary conversation that incorporates diverse perspectives. Events and participation are open to anyone across the College who is interested in political economy.

For more information, contact Prof. Andrew Economopoulos or Prof. Olga Nicoara

Whitman Short Essay Contest 

Immigration has long been one of the most divisive issues in our society. Over the past few years, the controversy surrounding immigration reform has only intensified. From debates over whether the United States federal government should build a wall along its southern border to the current controversy over extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the issue of how we can best reform our immigration system has polarized many Americans across the political spectrum.

In light of this controversy, the Economic Ambassadors program at Ursinus College will be hosting a short essay competition on the topic of immigration. For this essay, students will be asked to reflect on the function of free international markets, with a focus on the opportunities and challenges arising from allowing a free flow of international migrants, as human resources, to the United States. All submissions should address at least one of the following questions:

  • What are the opportunities and challenges of legalizing the free flow of migrants to the United States?
  • What immigration policies are consistent with the goals of a free and prosperous U.S. society?
  • What should an informed and responsible voter do to contribute to the current immigration debate?

Submissions should be between 1,200 and 1,500 words (double-spaced). They should be submitted via email by midnight on Friday, April 27th. The essays will be assessed by a committee comprised of faculty directors and Economic Ambassadors. The winning essay will receive $500. If first place is a tie, the prize will be split between the winners.

For more information on the contest, click here.

Guest speaker Steve Horwitz of Ball State University speaks on income inequality to an Ursinus st...