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Student Leadership Awards

Student Leadership Awards recognize students, advisors and student organizations for their contributions to the university and community.

Didn't get a chance to join us for the awards presentation? You can view the awards presentation on YouTube.

Questions? Contact the Office of Student Life at (313) 593-5390 or engagement@umich.edu.

2020 Award & Certificate Winners

We would like to congratulate all of our nominees, certificate and awards winners! You help make UM-Dearborn the amazing place that it is, and we cannot thank you enough for your contributions.

Distinguished Student Leaders
This prestigious award is presented to students with exceptional leadership experiences and qualities, demonstrated both on campus and in the community.  Students who earn this award have been involved in a variety of organizations, held significant leadership roles or positions, or been involved in numerous projects across campus that demonstrate collaboration and community.
  • Chanel Stitt

  • Darrius Hicks

  • Karina Nava

  • Daniela Hernandez

Outstanding Student Organization
This award is presented to organizations that offer superior quality events/activities, organizational interaction and support to the campus community.  This group should support student life, maintain a dedicated membership, be active in campus-wide student life programs and initiatives as well as serve as a significant positive impact on campus life. Include a current roster of members, additional recognition the organization has received, and any other pertinent information.
  • Public Health Society

  • Graduate International Student Organization

Outstanding First Generation Student
This award is given to a successful student who is among the first in their families to go to college and has been an advocate and proponent for change within the first-gen community at UM-Dearborn.
  • Brandon Queen

Outstanding Student Organization Advisor
This award is presented to an advisor who has had a positive impact on a student organization and on campus. This individual should demonstrate strong advising skills and be readily available to students.  Additionally, this person should provide a significant level of support and sensitivity to individual and organization needs.
  • Trista Wdziekonski

Outstanding New Student
This award recognizes a student in their first year on campus who has shown a strong commitment to success, the university mission, and has already begun to make a substantial impact on campus.
  • Omari Johnson

  • Sara Doktor

Outstanding Success Advocate
This award is given to a faculty or staff member who has gone above and beyond to advocate for students and their success as Dearborn Wolverines.
  • Scott Riggs

  • Aryka Rice

Outstanding Fraternity/Sorority Member
This award recognizes a member of the Fraternity and Sorority community who has demonstrated a strong commitment to their organization's values and has made a strong impact on the campus and community more broadly.
  • Natasha Young-Delta Phi Epsilon

Outstanding Fraternity/Sorority Organization
This award is presented to organizations that exemplify the values and mission of their organization, while creating a positive impact on campus and within the larger Dearborn and Metro-Detroit communities.
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Outstanding Student Organization Program
This award is presented to a program or series coordinated by a student organization, which enhanced student life.  Awarded programs should reach a broad audience and have campus-wide visibility.
  • Graduate International Student Organization- Career Expo

  • Anime and Manga Club-Festival Con & Weekly Social

Outstanding Student Employee
Awarded to an outstanding student employee in any department on campus, this employee must demonstrate a willingness to go above and beyond the expectations, be a team player, and assist co-workers.
  • Doha Amin

Daniel E. Little Committment to Civic Engagement & Volunteer Service Award-Group
Awarded to a student group that has shown a deep commitment to creating positive change in their campus or home community. 
  • Alternative Breaks

Daniel E. Little Committment to Civic Engagement & Volunteer Service Award-Individual
Awarded to a student who, individually or as part of a group, has shown a deep commitment to creating positive change in their campus or home community.
  • Aya Salka

Outstansing Committment to Diversity & Inclusion-Group
This award honors student organizations with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion through student life programming and positive interactions with other students, student organizations, faculty and staff.  Recipients should demonstrate ways they contribute to promoting an inclusive campus.
  • Graduate International Student Organization

Outstansing Committment to Diversity & Inclusion-Individual
This award honors student leaders with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion through student life programming and positive interactions with other students, faculty and staff.  Recipients should be involved in programs or services which aim to promote an inclusive and safe campus.
  • Bethany McQuiston

  • Bhuvana Raman

Emerging Leader Certificate
Typically awarded to a first or second year student, this certificate recognizes students whose actions have been a major contribution for increasing teamwork, effectiveness and achievement in the UM-Dearborn community.
  • Serg Briones

  • Dayvion Pritchett

  • Abdulkarim Sharif

  • Gwen Ouellette

  • Batoul Fawaz

  • Jasmine White

  • Devin Davis

  • Hamza Khan

  • Omari Johnson

  • Adam Chatila

  • Olivia Look

  • Julia Farhat

  • Stuart Didonato

  • Amanda Jackson

  • Drew Dykowski

Leadership Legacy Certificate
Typically awarded to an upper level student, this certificate recognizes a student leader whose long-term dedication and commitment to the community of UM-Dearborn is undeniable. This award recognizes students who have left a lasting impression as a dynamic student leader. Examples include serving as a long-standing member of a student organization, may continuously help integrate new students as a volunteer or orientation leader, etc.
  • Mariam Alata

  • Jessica Atanasovski

  • Mariam Bazzi

  • Kyla Bazzy

  • Amelia Evasic

  • Rosa Gonzalez

  • Ricky Hansknecht

  • Jalen Rose

  • Aya Salka

  • Sean Smith

  • Jordan Wohl

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