Undergraduate Ambassadors


Roski School Ambassadors are currently enrolled undergraduates who are well versed in what the Gayle Garner Roski School has to offer. They are excited to speak with prospective, transfer, international, and current undergraduate students. They will also serve as panelists, tour guides and help at various Roski School events.

Ambassadors are available to meet with you (virtually or socially distanced) to discuss their experiences at the Roski School, show you around our campus, and answer any questions you have about your program of interest or point you to the right person to speak with.

Contact our Ambassadors today to get a student’s perspective on our school.


If you are interested in being a Roski School Ambassador please fill out the application.


Meet your Roski School Ambassadors:


Xyla Abella

Xyla is a sophmore pursing a BFA Fine Arts degree at the Roski School. She engages in the fine art sector primarily as a photographer, researcher, curator, and analyst. Xyla is the director of photography at USC's Haute Magazine and an active member in the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Studies. Conflated with in-depth research and varying visual approaches, Xyla's work aims to critically investigate the human condition.

Website: xylaabella.com
Instagram: @xylaabella 


Archer Defterios

Archer is a senior at the USC Roski School of Art and Design, and is completing his BFA in Design with a minor in Entrepreneurship at the Marshall School of Business. Archer is an artist, designer, and entrepreneur from Los Angeles, California. Archer transferred to USC in Fall 2020 from Santa Monica College.   In 2022, Archer opened his first company, Caprice Design, Inc. where he focuses primarily in the areas of brand identity and graphic design. Archer has already completed 4 expansive series of paintings, and his works have been acquired by private collectors across the country and throughout Europe.

Email: capricedesign.inc@gmail.com
Website: www.archer-defterios.com
Instagram: @archerdefterios


Laila Hassell

Laila is an undergraduate student majoring in Design with a minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures. She is a dancer, musician, and designer based in Los Angeles and Abu Dhabi, UAE. As an artist and designer, her work blends mundane imagery with vividly whimsical compositions, creating a visual that highlights various aspects of reality within an imaginative space. Laila’s main goal in her practice is to evoke the experiencer's imagination, ultimately reminding them that reality is what they choose to make it. Her main areas of focus are Graphic Design, Fashion Design, and Art Direction.

Email: lhassell@usc.edu
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/laila-hassell-3a25bb206/

Ashley Kang

Ashley is a junior pursuing a major in BFA Design and a minor in Business. Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, and currently reisding in Los Angeles, she was exposed to a multicultural environment and this shaped her to become a more interdisciplinary designer that she is now. Studying in such diverse fileds oftern giver her unique insights. To apply such multifaceted thinking and genrating into a creative desiger helps kepp her challednged and grow as an artist. Her passion for design varies from 2D graphics to 3D motion graphics, however, her biggesst interest is generating illustration into 3D motion art. She hopes to lauch her own brand and become a successful designer/entrepreneur in the future. Ashley is open to making new connections and give any advice if you need! Feel free to contact her to build connections, ask questions, or for a design collab project! 

Email: hkang186@gmail.com
Instagram: @cherish_ashley
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/ashley-kang-0711b5218


Seanna Latiff

Seanna is a senior majoring in Art as well as Cinema and Media Studies. Much of her work is created from reflecting on her experiences as a multiracial immigrant with intersectional identities. With a background in traditional fine art, USC enabled Seanna to embrace the multidisciplinary aspect of her practice. Joining clubs with other artists such as Corpus Callossum, Queer Students in Cinematic Arts, and USC BSA’s Creative Experience, motivated her to try new mediums outside of her comfort zone, therefore expanding her ideas on what is possible to achieve as an artist with the resources provided by USC. She is now the Director of Design for Creative Experience and Corpus Callossum, and encourages new students to engage with other artists to collaborate and to be inspired. Seanna enjoys watching and creating animations, as well as taking advantage of the live music that LA has to offer. She is also representing the Roski School on an Arts in Action's grant review panel this year as the first student on the committee.

Email: latiff@usc.edu
Instagram: @seannalatiff

Alejandro Rico-Gomez

Alejandro is a senior at USC Roski majoring in Art and minoring in Architecture. His photography practice explores the human landscape, mediating his own relationship to familiar and foreign environments and investigating the production of space. Alejandro’s work also spans painting, writing, and video. He is based in Los Angeles and his hometown of Ames, Iowa, whose surrounding landscape features prominently as a subject of his work. Alejandro encourages students to use art school as a place to play with anything that interests them, and would be glad to answer all questions!

Email: ricogome@usc.edu 
Instagram: @alejandroricogomez
Website: alejandroricogomez.com


Yao Sun

Yao is a first-generation immigrant and the youngest out of three triplets and loves thrifting, Studio Ghibli films, K-Pop, and a good ole cup of tea. She has a fine arts background and narrowed her field into design after coming to Roski. Yao’s favorite aspect about Roski is its multidisciplinary program which gives students like her the freedom and opportunity to explore with diverse styles, tools, and audiences. With this flexibility, her design work reflects works about her Chinese-American identity to the functionality of corporate-identity branding. She is excited to be a part of the Roski Ambassador program and do not be afraid to reach out to her for anything. She looks forward to getting to know all of you!

Email: ysun6596@usc.edu


Imran Tallman

Imran is a senior BFA Design major and will graduate with a minor in Product Design at IYA and a specialization in Viterbi’s Computer Programming. Born and raised in San Diego, he has been blessed to have the beach and mountains right at his fingertips. Inspired by the local surroundings as well as his travels, he became obsessed with photography throughout high school. Years later, he knew he wanted to pursue a creative degree but wanted to move past photography. This decision ultimately led him to Roski’s awesome design program. Imran plans to use his experience and education at USC in a UX/UI, product or interactive design career at companies such as Apple Inc, Tesla, and Disney Imagineering. Reach out to him up if you’re looking for some advice, a break from school, or a design collab!

Email: itallman@usc.edu
Instagram: @focus.and.shoot
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/imran-tallman-43280619b
Portfolio: itallman.myportfolio.com


Michelle Yi

Michelle is a senior BFA Design major and is pursuing a minor in Web Technologies and Applications at the Viterbi School of Engineering. Design has always led her to find solutions. Reflecting on her journey with this discipline, she has developed an understanding of how to utilize her profession to provide solutions for people to connect their ideas to live projects. Previously, she explored the human psyche through fine arts by studying our identities as human beings. Now, as a digital product designer, Michelle utilizes her fine arts background to create personalized experiences in the technology-driven world. She is a firm believer in the positive impact design embodies and understands that as a designer, she has a responsibility to improve people's lives through visual interaction. She strives to deliver effective and interactive solutions for people through collaborative work in addition to continuing her studies with the human psyche at USC Roski.

Email: myi41396@usc.edu
Instagram: @mishhyi
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/michelleyi-design/