Student Leadership Awards

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

The 2019 Student Leadership Awards were held on April 2nd, 2019.

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

Nomination Information

Please review the criteria and guidance provided below if you are seeking nomination or nominating someone for an award or certificate. Some requirements and protocols have changed from previous years.

 

  • Important Information for All Nominations

    Important information to read before beginning your nomination, or seeking a nomination

    • All individual nominees must be in good academic standing, and no student code of conduct infractions with the University.
    • Student nominees must have been registered UM-Dearborn students during the 2018-2019 academic year.
    • Student organization nominees must be currently registered with the UM-Dearborn Office of Student Life and in good standing. 
    • One nominator may nominate multiple individuals or groups for awards; however each nomination must have its own nomination form and separate letters of support.
    • All nominations require at least two but no more than four letters of support.
    • One letter must be from a current UM-Dearborn student and one letter must be from a UM-Dearborn faculty or staff member.
    • Letters of support must be submitted all at once within the submission packet. 
    • Letters of support should provide specific, detailed information about the nominee. Information should pertain to the 2018-2019 academic year and/or events and activities that have occurred since the 2018 Student Leadership Awards (April 2018). 
    • Letters of support must include the supporter's contact information.
    • Incomplete nominations (i.e. those with less than 2 letters of support) will not be considered.
    • Keep in mind that quality not quantity goes a long way! The more you can identify specifically why this person or organization deserves to receive that specific award, the easier for the selection committee to identify necessary components. 
    • Nominations must be submitted with all supporting documentation by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, March 4, 2019.
  • Award Descriptions

    Distinguished Student Leader - 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.

    To be considered, nomination packets should address the following:

    Leadership.  Highlight the candidate’s impact in areas of student life on campus through leadership capacities via student organizations, student initiatives, through campus committees, student employment or other involvement at UM-Dearborn.

    Collaboration and community building on campus.  Highlight at least two different campus entities (ie – student organizations, departments, committees) with which the nominee has served or partnered and how that work has led to positive outcomes for UM-Dearborn.

    Metropolitan engagement in Metro Detroit. Describe the nominee’s community work.  Examples may include community service or service learning, sustained volunteer service at a local agency, work to promote or enhance a community issue, or advocacy.  Each example should outline the impact of the work of the nominee.

     

    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.

    To be considered, nomination packets should address the following:

    Student support.  Highlight the ways in which the student organization advisor supports the success of individual students.

    Organizational support. Articulate the ways in which the student organization advisor supports the needs of the organization. 

     

    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.

    To be considered, nomination packets should address the following:

    Exemplary programming.  Include information about the scope and scale of programs, numbers of individuals impacted or served, and any partnerships or collaborations resulting from this program.

    Outstanding organization membership.  A complete membership roster should be submitted.  Additionally, include information showing the benefits of membership for students, and the positive impacts for students from being involved.

    Contribution to campus community.  In addition to demonstrating exemplary programming, articulate the RSO’s contribution the UM-Dearborn campus community and/or the region.

     

    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.

    To be considered, nomination packets should address the following:

    Campus and/or community impact.  Provide evidence of impact on campus through overall attendance, describe the impact and how this program enhanced student life, and/or highlight the significance brought to a particular issue.  

    Visibility.  Articulate the visibility (both on campus and/or off campus) of the program. How was this accomplished? Please describe the positive impact from this program being visible and accessible.

     

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

    To be considered, nomination packets should address the following:

    Expectations. Provide evidence that the nominee consistently meets and/or exceeds expectations outlined in job description. Please be specific on how they exceeded the requirements at hand.

    Team player.  Thoroughly describe the teamwork and collaboration skills of the nominee.

    Advances the mission.  Highlight the ways in which the work of the student employee contributes to advancing the University mission.

     

    Daniel E. Little Outstanding Commitment to Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (Individual Student) - Awarded to a student, individually or as part of a group, who has shown a deep commitment to creating positive change in their campus or home community.

    To be considered, nomination packets should address the following:

    Student snapshot: What sets this student apart from their peers? Why is this student committed and passionate about this work?

    Impact.  Provide evidence of the impact the student’s work is having in the community. How is it resulting in positive change?

    Commitment to community.  Describe what it is that the student is committed to and how they are going about their commitment.  How is this work addressing an issue on a deeper level? How are they addressing the root cause? 

     

    Daniel E. Little Outstanding Commitment to Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (Student Organization) - Awarded a student organization that has shown a deep commitment to creating positive change in their campus or home community. 

    To be considered, nomination packets should address the following:

    Student Organization snapshot: What sets this student organization apart from other student organizations? Why is this student organization committed and passionate about this work?

    Impact.  Provide evidence of the impact the student organization's work is having on a community. How is it resulting in positive change? 

    Commitment to community. Describe what it is that the student organization is committed to and how they are going about their commitment.  How is this work addressing an issue on a deeper level? How are they addressing the root cause?

     

    Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion (Individual Student) - 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.

    To be considered, nomination packets should address the following:

    Impact.  Provide evidence that the work of the student has contributed to creating an inclusive and safe campus.  Provide information about programs and/or services created or strengthened on campus as a result of the students’ work.

    Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.  Describe the student’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and how that is actively demonstrated through their work/service.

     

    Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion (Student Organization) - 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.

    To be considered, nomination packets should address the following:

    Impact.  Provide evidence that the work of the organization has contributed to creating an inclusive and safe campus.  Provide information about engagement participation that created or strengthened campus as a result of the organization’s work.

    Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.  Describe the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and how that is actively demonstrated through their work/service.

     

    Outstanding International Student Leader - This award honors international students who have contributed significantly to the internationalization of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills. Nominees must be in good academic standing and must be in compliance with the requirements of their F-1 or J-1 visa status. Furthermore, nominees should be involved in programs, services, or student organizations that promote inter-cultural competence, diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural communication on campus.

    To be considered, nomination packets should address the following:

    Exemplary Leadership.  Provide evidence where this individual has made a significant impact on the lives of both the international and local student populations. 

    Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.  Describe the student's continued commitment to educating the campus community about the diversity that international students bring to campus, by providing examples from within the classroom and through extra-curricular activities. 

  • Certificate Descriptions

    **Certificate nominations does not guarantee the nominee will be selected.

    Commitment to Service Certificate - Recognizes a student who has engaged in numerous volunteer experiences that have helped to make a positive difference in the community.

    Emerging Leader Certificate - Typically awarded to a freshman, this certificate recognizes a student whose actions have been a major contribution for increasing teamwork, effectiveness and achievement in the UM-Dearborn community.

    Leadership Synergy Certificate - Typically awarded to a sophomore or junior, this certificate recognizes a student whose dedication and commitment have made a tremendous impact on the campus community. Examples include sustaining the viability and/or development of a student organization, volunteering for leadership roles with department programs, etc. 

    Leadership Legacy Certificate - Typically awarded to a senior, 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.

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