Leadership Awards

Students make significant and lasting impacts on Brown. Each year, various offices solicit nominations for awards to recognize the efforts of students - including the Student Activities Office.

Student Activities Office Leadership Awards

The Student Activities Office is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the SAO Leadership Awards 2023! Nominate exceptional student leaders, advisors, organizations, and/or events here through Sunday, March 24 at 11:59 pm. 

More information:At the end of each academic year, the Student Activities Office Awards Program recognizes the accomplishments of student leadership in the context of recognized student organizations. By the time they are seniors, many student leaders often have put in hundreds of hours as members of student groups; some students even go into careers based on their group memberships. The Leadership Awards recognize the value that student contributions have at Brown.

For 2023, the six categories and twelve different awards are:
Student Leadership
  • Undergraduate Student Leader of the Year Award - Awarded to the member of a student group who best demonstrates the qualities of outstanding leadership and membership, such as dependability, dedication, trustworthiness, loyalty, and helpfulness.
  • Graduate Student Leader of the Year Award - Awarded to the member of a student group who best demonstrates the qualities of outstanding leadership and membership, such as dependability, dedication, trustworthiness, loyalty, and helpfulness.
  • Student Employee of the Year Award - Awarded to a Brown student employee who has demonstrated initiative, dependability, and quality contributions in their workplace. The recipient positively impacts their work environment and shows the qualities of an outstanding leader.
Emerging Leadership 
  • Emerging Student Leader Award - Awarded to a new student leader on campus (first-year student, transfer student, or a student who has never had any prior involvement until this academic year.) This student has shown involvement, dependability, and concern for others. “The Emerging Student Leader” is someone who shows great potential for future service to the Brown University community.
  • New Student Group of the Year Award - Awarded to a new student group that was founded within the last two years. This group has demonstrated a dedication to positive engagement within the Brown community and has strived to standards of leadership, growth, and impact.
Student Groups
  • Performance Group of the Year Award - Awarded for a student performance group that has demonstrated a mastery of their art. Nominated groups may be asked to perform at the awards ceremony.
  • Student Group of the Year Award (Non-Performance) - For a student group that has exemplified exceptional leadership, through campus programs, building community, and impactful initiatives.
Engaging Community
  • Collaboration Award - Awarded to multiple student groups who demonstrated successful collaboration through the planning and implementation of a campus event or initiative.
  • Community Impact Award - Awarded to an individual or group that works to positively impact and inspire the local, national or international community by demonstrating a clear purpose of activism, advocacy, or raising awareness for a social, political, environmental, or economic issue.
  • Co-Curricular Award  - For a student leader or group that connects academics and co-curricular endeavors through sponsored events and initiatives. The recipient works to extend learning far beyond the reaches of the classroom experience.
  • Event of the Year Award  - This award is given for an event that exemplifies exceptional teamwork through student leadership. The event demonstrated effective planning and implementation to bring about a successful program/event.
  • Advisor of the Year Award -  Awarded for a staff or faculty member who has provided exceptional service and or has made a significant impact to benefit a student group through their supportive efforts, dedication, assistance, and encouragement.

Below there is a listing of the student groups and leaders honored in past years:

Note: The SAO Leadership Awards were not held in 2020 or 2021 due to COVID-19.









Alex Haynes


Dean Lindsay Garcia

Anne Marie Ponte

Jennifer Casasanto

Je-Shawna Wholley


Ivy League Pre-Health Society


Brown Asian Sisters Empowered (BASE)

Chelse Steele of Mosaic+

Natalie Asalgado & Kimberley Charles

MedTalk Brown (Minority Association of Premedical Students)


Brown Concert Agency x Students Of Caribbean Ancestry- Tessellated


Class Coordinating Board, [email protected], Underground Thursdays

oSTEM & Graduate Students of Color in STEM

Impulse Dance Company & BRYTE

Campus of Consent Bill (Sexual Assault Peer Education, SAPE program & Undergraduate Council of Students, UCS)

Latin American Student Organization (LASO) & El Movimiento Estudiantil [email protected] de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.)

The F.L.A.M.E Conference (Feminists @ Brown)

Community Impact 

Art for Service


Students for Saving Mothers

Sunrise RI (Formerly RI Student Climate Coalition)

Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE), 
Arely Diaz-Loza

Native Americans at Brown

“Prospects for Peace after Gaza”
(J Street U)


Class Coordinating Board's Gala

Chinese Students Association's Lunar New Year

Black Student Union: Black Convocation AfriSA’s Annual Culture Show

HOPE’s Evicted in Providence

Annual Culture Show sponsored by African Students’ Association (AfriSA)

East Coast Taiko Conference (Gendo Taiko) & Pride Prom (Queer Alliance)

The Brain Fair sponsored by Brown Brain Bee

A Night on College Hall (Class Coordinating Boards & Greek Council)

New Student Leader 

Lavleen Madahar


Glennie LeBaron, Kelly Wei, Madhu Subramanian

Savannah Doelfel

Ben Martel & Ashleigh LoVette

Isabel Thornton & Sonia Sachar

Drashti Brahmbhatt & Renata Mauriz

New Student Group 

Girl Gains Lifting Club

Brown Public Speaking Initiative & Black StarJournal 

Disability Justice at Brown (DJAB)

Bias E-Learning Project, & the School of Public Health Womxn of Color Collective

Students for Life

Student Leader 

Undergraduate: Justin Lu, Victoria Rose, Jack Walker

Graduate: Ray Che, Ma Irene Quilantang, Daniel Li

Emma Rosenkranz, Charles Wang, Mia McKinney

Jennifer Xinyue Xu

Gabe Zimmerman &

Diem-Khanh (Nini) Nguyen

Yun Gao, Eren Ileri, & Madeline DiGiovanni

Emma Dickson, Lauren Galvan, & Christine Mullen

Sophia Dalce & Samuel Kase

Performance Group 

Shades of Brown


Brown Aerial and Acrobatics

Shakespeare on the Green

Mariachi de Brown

Student Group 

[email protected], Brown Outing Club, Formula Racing


[email protected]Brown Esports

Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring & Enrichment (BRYTE) & Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE)

Project LETS,  Black Student Union, & SoBear Activities Club

Black Student Union & Project LETS

Students for Samaritans

Ivy Film Festival

Student Employee

Brenda Subilhaga