ACADEMIC Degree Programs

Won Institute Student Ambassadors

Connect with current students who have first-hand experience with our school.

Our Won Student Ambassador Program

The Won Student Ambassador Program is a leadership and student service program that offers Won Institute students an opportunity to represent and promote the Won Institute to prospective students, patients, and the local community through internal and external events and initiatives. Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis. For questions and more information email [email protected].


Dezra Adams

WBS Student

I recall vowing to myself as a young child that I would not allow my mind to turn into concrete. Since that time, learning for the sake of both knowledge and experience has been important in my life’s journey. I have attended the Won Buddhist Temple of Philadelphia for the last 6 years. It seemed only natural to attend the Won Institute to learn more about the doctrine and practice of Won Buddhism. The academic and experiential journeys have been rewarding. My time at the Won Institute has not only taught me information but also a reflective way of looking at and experiencing everything around me. My aspiration is to be a diligent and sincere practitioner who can encourage other practitioners in their practice.

Marta Didukh

MAC Class of 2023

I first came to Won student acupuncture and herbal clinic as a patient. At the time, I was not experiencing results after working with my Ayurvedic, Naturopathic and Western practitioners. It was not until I met Won’s herb clinic supervisor, Elizabeth Liddell, who is currently my professor and practitioner, that I felt like I was in good hands. I was so intrigued by her and Won, that I decided to take her recommendation and transfer out of pharmacy school to study Chinese medicine at Won. The staff, students and vibes at Won reeled me in before I knew much about the profession. I grew up in a spiritual household and after learning that meditation was incorporated into every semester of the program, I felt like Won would be the perfect place to cultivate my spiritual, physical and mental wellbeing. As a third year acupuncture student and first year Chinese herbal student, I continue to be intrigued as to how much Chinese medicine has to offer.

I like that our voices are heard and opinions are valued through student evaluation feedback forms which are sent out for every class.

Amy Ip

DAc Class of 2026
Student Council president

I was inspired to pursue a career in acupuncture and Chinese medicine when trying to get help with my own health issues. I was seen by various healthcare practitioners, and I was not getting any results or relief. I ended up trying acupuncture, and I felt a lot better just from the one treatment. Eventually, I kept going back to receive treatment, and my acupuncturist knew that I was very fascinated about it and began telling me about her wonderful experience at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies (her alma mater). I shortly began shadowing my acupuncturist to immerse myself in the field, and see if this was something I would like to pursue. After shadowing my acupuncturist, I quickly realized this was something I was passionate about. I have always been in the healthcare field, and helping others is what it very self-fulfilling to me. My goal is to be able to help others with Chinese medicine and acupuncture, just as it helped myself with my own health issues.

I enjoy having a small class size because whenever I am in the lab--it is always very accessible to find a teaching assistant or instructor when I have a question.

Jhoanna Rae Marquez

dac class of 2025

My favorite is being among my classmates who have become part of my existence. I honestly cannot imagine my life without them. I have learned with and beside them and the friendships that we have and continue to develop and deepen honestly feel familial which really amazes me.

My profession and career as a Physical Therapist for almost two decades now has been the greatest blessing from which I have grown and evolved into the practitioner I am now. It has set the stage for me to stay curious and eager to learn and improve my craft. It has provided me with a Western Medicine perspective which I find valuable in its own respect and has enlightened me in many ways that propelled my eagerness to find more holistic ways to bring healing to our bodies. The idea of studying Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine started when I met a colleague more than 10 years ago, and she was also a Physical Therapist and became an Acupuncturist. I strongly believe now that I’m almost two full years into my Acupuncture studies, that I have never felt so sure and validated that I’m on the right path. Learning about this ancient medicine that beautifully combines the science and art of healing the whole person has humbled me in so many ways beyond words can ever explain. I say this has really been more of a personal spiritual journey that feels like coming home to who I truly am, and that is the truest expression I can articulate of my becoming a future Acupuncturist through the Won Institute of Graduate Studies.

Victoria Memos

dac class of 2025

My favorite thing about Won is meeting forever friends and amazing mentors.

I was exposed to acupuncture and herbal medicine around 6 years old through going to work with my gram. There she was a secretary working in a chiropractic and acupuncture office. Since then, I have been interested in the healing modalities that affected a person as a whole rather than a piece. As I continued to grow older, these modalities have always stuck with me and I chose to pursue a career in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. My goal as a practitioner is to be able to give my patients as much help and relief as possible, all while being someone in their lives that can listen to them without judgment.


• Create connections with prospective students, patients and the local community

• Engage with prospective students, answer questions, reassure and guide them during the program, especially during the first few weeks

• Foster a sense of community and belonging amongst prospective students

• Provide support to the school in recruitment and marketing initiatives and at events

Benefits & Incentives for Ambassadors

1. Students will be paid in the form of a stipend at the end of each term by the Finance Office 
2. Free exclusive Won Institute swag items: Won shirts, mugs, pens, etc.
3. Priority hiring for Won Institute job opportunities after graduation (TA’ing, clinic positions, etc).
4. Featured on Won Institute blog and student ambassadors webpage
5. Internal event discounts

For questions and more information email [email protected]

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