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Leadership Through Civic Engagement Award

The Leadership through Civic Engagement Award recognizes and celebrates students, faculty, and staff who have (co)led exemplary academic and/or co-curricular initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to engaging in the community – locally, nationally, or globally – through community service, activism, politics, and much more. This recognition is awarded by the College Council to a maximum of two students and two faculty/staff members each year.

The award is intended to showcase students, faculty, staff who have led organizations, programs, and projects that demonstrate significant depth of civic engagement. Nominations might include one-time or ongoing events or programs, academic projects, or classes with a demonstrable civic engagement focus and/or curricular and co-curricular departmental initiatives. Faculty/staff activity related to this award must have occurred over the past two years.

Nominations will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership: The nominee’s involvement stood out from the rest in the project, initiative or program in that they demonstrated leadership and/or effectively marketed/promoted the project to other members of the campus community.
  • Teamwork: The nominee’s involvement promoted teamwork and/or exemplified a strong sense of team through their involvement.
  • Partnership: The nominee (co)led initiative is collaborative, and demonstrated any combination of student, faculty, staff, alumni and/or community involvement
  • Impact: The initiative has demonstrated an impact at the local, regional, national or international level on improving the lives of others
  • Innovation: The initiative demonstrated an innovative approach to engaging others or with the type of project completed

Nominations are submitted after a call for proposals. The Student Life Committee of the College Council reviews the list of finalists and makes their recommendations to the College Council thereafter. The College Council makes the final determination. Student awardees are announced at honors convocation. Faculty/staff awardees are announced at the employee luncheon.

Submit nominations online.