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 Awards Program recognizes the accomplishments of student leadership in the context of recognized student organizations. Student leaders, advisors, organizations, and events may be nominated. The current awards include: Student Leader of the Year, Emerging Student Leader of the Year, Student Group of the Year, New Student Group of the Year, Performance Group of the Year, Collaborative Effort, Community Impact, Co-Curricular, Program of the Year, and Advisor of the Year.

Nominations are submitted throughout the year and the selection committee meets each April to choose recipients.

Nominations for the 2019 Leadership Awards are now OPEN!
Click here for award descriptions and nomination forms!

Nominations must be submitted by Friday, April 12th in order to be considered. 

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

2018 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

2018

Advisor of the Year

for a staff or faculty member who has provided exceptional service and/or has made a significant impact to benefit a student organization through their supportive efforts, dedication, assistance, and encouragement

Jennifer Casasanto

To top of page


Collaborative Effort

for a collaborative event or initiative between multiple student organizations

Impulse Dance Company & BRYTE

To top of page


Community Impact

For activism, awareness, or advocacy resulting in community impact or change

Sunrise RI (Formely RI Student Climate Coalition)

To top of page


Event of the Year

for excellent leadership, comprehensive planning and implementation of a program or event. Consideration may include a new event or an innovative approach with an annual event

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

To top of page


Exceptional New Leader or Group

For a new student leader or group exhibiting great leadership potential

Ben Martel of Best Buddies, Delta Tau Fraternity 
& the History Department Undergraduate Leadership Team 
Ashleigh LoVette of Learning and Engaging Around Diversity (LEAD), The Unconscious
Bias E-Learning Project, & the School of Public Health Womxn of Color Collective

To top of page


Exceptional Student Leader

for a student leader whose leadership has contributed greatly to the success and/or growth of a student organization

Gabe Zimmerman of Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE)
Diem-Khanh (Nini) Nguyen of Camp Kesem

To top of page


Student Organization of the Year

For a student group that has exemplified exceptional leadership, through campus programs, building community, and impactful initiatives

Project LETS 
Black Student Union
SoBear Activities Club

To top of page


Initiative of the Year

For an outstanding program or initiative put on by a student organization. The program or initiative should have had a meaningful impact on the campus community

Brown Speaks

To top of page


2017

Advisor of the Year

for a staff or faculty member who has provided exceptional service and/or has made a significant impact to benefit a student organization through their supportive efforts, dedication, assistance and encouragement

Je-Shawna Wholley

To top of page


Co-curricular Program of the Year

for a student leader or organization that connects the student co-curricular and academic experience through sponsored events or initiatives

Chelse Steele of Mosaic+

To top of page


Collaborative Effort

for a collaborative event or initiative between multiple student organizations

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

To top of page


Community Action

for activism, awareness, or advocacy resulting in community impact or change

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

To top of page


Event of the Year

for excellent leadership, comprehensive planning and implementation of a program or event. Consideration may include a new event

East Coast Taiko Conference sponsored by Gendo Taiko,
Pride Prom sponsored by Queer Alliance

To top of page


Exceptional New Leader or Group

for a new student leader or group exhibiting great leadership potential

Isabel Thornton of Brown Opera Productions (BOP),
Sonia Sachar of 2020 Class Coordinating Board (CCB)

To top of page


Exceptional Student Leader

for a student leader whose leadership has contributed greatly to the success and/or growth of a student organization

Yun Gao of Chinese Students and Scholars Organization (CSSA),
Eren Ileri of Sexual Assault Peer Education (SAPE) and Greek Council,
Madeline DiGiovanni of Active Minds

To top of page


Performance Group of the Year

for a student performing group that has demonstrated a mastery of their art

Mariachi de Brown

To top of page


2016

Co-curricular Program of the Year

for a student leader or organization that connects the student co-curricular and academic experience through sponsored events or initiatives

Natalie Asalgado & Kimberley Charles

To top of page


Collaborative Effort

for a collaborative event or initiative between multiple student organizations

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

To top of page


Community Action

for activism, awareness, or advocacy resulting in community impact or change

Native Americans at Brown

To top of page


Event of the Year

for excellent leadership, comprehensive planning and implementation of a program or event. Consideration may include a new event

The Brain Fair sponsored by Brown Brain Bee

To top of page


Exceptional New Leader or Group

for a new student leader or group exhibiting great leadership potential

Drashti Brahmbhatt & Renata Mauriz

To top of page


Exceptional Student Leader

for a student leader whose leadership has contributed greatly to the success and/or growth of a student organization

Emma Dickson, Lauren Galvan & Christine Mullen

To top of page


Student Organization of the Year

for an organization that has exemplified leadership through campus programs, events or initiatives

Black Student Union, Project LETS

To top of page


2015

Co-curricular Program of the Year

for a student leader or organization that connects the student co-curricular and academic experience through sponsored events or initiatives

MedTalk Brown sponsored by Minority Association of Premedical Students

To top of page


Collaborative Effort

for a collaborative event or initiative between multiple student organizations

The F.L.A.M.E Conference sponsored by Feminists @ Brown

To top of page


Community Action

for activism, awareness, or advocacy resulting in community impact or change

“Prospects for Peace after Gaza” sponsored by J Street U

To top of page


Event of the Year

for excellent leadership, comprehensive planning and implementation of a program or event. Consideration may include a new event

A Night on College Hall sponsored by Class Coordinating Boards and Greek Council

To top of page


Exceptional New Student Organization

for a new student group exhibiting great leadership potential

Students for Life

To top of page


Exceptional Student Leader

for a student leader whose leadership has contributed greatly to the success and/or growth of a student organization

Sophia Dalce and Samuel Kase

To top of page


Student Organization of the Year

for an organization that has exemplified leadership through campus programs, events or initiatives

Students for Samaritans

Ivy Film Festival

To top of page


2014

Co-curricular Program of the Year

for a student leader or organization that connects the student co-curricular and academic experience through sponsored events or initiatives

Theories in Action: Darcy Pinkerton, Brian Kundinger, Jessica Brodsky

To top of page


Collaborative Effort

for a collaborative event or initiative between multiple student organizations

Converge for Change

To top of page


Community Action

for activism, awareness, or advocacy resulting in community impact or change

$ocial Classmates

To top of page


Event of the Year

for excellent leadership, comprehensive planning and implementation of a program or event. Consideration may include a new event

Gala 2014 Moulin Rouge: Christine Mullen, Samuel Kase

To top of page


Exceptional New Student Organization

for a new student group exhibiting great leadership potential

Brown Motion Pictures

To top of page


Exceptional Student Leader

for a student leader whose leadership has contributed greatly to the success and/or growth of a student organization

Jennifer Gorelick, Wendy Rogers, Alexander Sherry

To top of page


Student Organization of the Year

for an organization that has exemplified leadership through campus programs, events or initiatives


EmPOWER

To top of page


2013

Comprehensive Preparation

for Excellent Planning

Brown University Polo Club

To top of page


Dramatic Entrance

for a new arrival who made a big splash or created a lot of buzz

Holocaust Initiative at Brown University

To top of page


Forming Partnerships

for a great collaborative effort between multiple individuals or groups

BRYTE (Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring & Enrichment)

To top of page


Fostering Understanding

for efforts to increase dialogue and greater appreciation of diversity

Interfaith Exchange

To top of page


Inspiring Action

for activism, awareness, or advocacy

The Brown University Democrats

To top of page


Theory into Practice

for student group initiatives that connect the curricular with the co-curricular

Brown Entrepreneurship Program

To top of page


2012

Comprehensive Preparation

for excellent planning

Queer Alliance and Brown Concert Agency

To top of page


Dramatic Entrance

for a new arrival who made a big splash or created a lot of buzz

Dominican Students @ Brown

To top of page


Forming Partnerships

for a great collaborative effort between multiple individuals or groups

Rhode Island Urban Debate League

To top of page


Fostering Understanding

for efforts to increase dialogue and greater appreciation of diversity

Brown Student Language Exchange

To top of page


Inspiring Action

for activism, awareness, or advocacy

Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE)

To top of page


Theory into Practice

for student group initiatives that connect the curricular with the co-curricular

Brown Student Agencies

To top of page


2011

Comprehensive Preparation

for excellent planning

Colleges Against Cancer, Relay for Life

To top of page


Dramatic Entrance

for a new arrival who made a big splash or created a lot of buzz

Resumed Undergraduate Student Association

To top of page


Forming Partnerships

for a great collaborative effort between multiple individuals or groups

Writers Group

To top of page


Fostering Understanding

for efforts to increase dialogue and greater appreciation of diversity

Native Americans at Brown

To top of page


Inspiring Action

for activism, awareness, or advocacy

Elementary Schools Learning Community

To top of page


Theory into Practice

for student group initiatives that connect the curricular with the co-curricular

Brown Multi-faith Council

To top of page


2010

Building Tradition

for efforts to bolster or renew Brown traditions, heritage, and spirit

Christian Martell and Eleanor Cutler
Honorable Mention: Yoga and Mindfulness (YAM)

To top of page


Comprehensive Preparation

for excellent planning

Nadine Pardee
Honorable Mention: Rebecca Rast and Paige Kirstein

To top of page


Dramatic Entrance

for a new arrival who made a big splash or created a lot of buzz

Brown Students for Justice in Palestine
Honorable Mention: Brown Disaster Relief Group

To top of page


Forming Partnerships

for a great collaborative effort between multiple individuals or groups

Samantha DeAndrade
Honorable Mention: The Environmental Leaders Collaborative

To top of page


Fostering Understanding

for efforts to increase dialogue and greater appreciation of diversity

Aida Manduley
Honorable Mention: Alicia Maule, Kai Huang, Dayna-Joy Chin

To top of page


Innovative Thinking

for a particularly inspired or creative effort

Audrey Chait
Honorable Mention: Akshay Rathod

To top of page


Inspiring Action

for activism, awareness, or advocacy

Maria DeLourdes Garcia Jimenez
Honorable Mention: Beyond the Bottle

To top of page


Serving Community

for meaningful, life-changing service in support of communities beyond the Brown campus

Joshua Curhan
Honorable Mention: Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment (BRYTE)

To top of page


2009

Dramatic Entrance

for a new arrival who made a big splash or created a lot of buzz

Brown Arts Mentoring
Honorable Mention: Araceli Méndez

To top of page


Forming Partnerships

for a great collaborative effort between multiple individuals or groups

Students for Israel
Honorable Mention: Brown University Activities Council (BUAC)

To top of page


Comprehensive Preparation

for excellent planning

Ha Young (Stacey) Park
Honorable Mention: Brown Tae Kwon Do

To top of page


Innovative Thinking

for a particularly inspired or creative effort

Jonathan Coleman, Brown Education Link Lecture Series
Honorable Mention: EcoReps

To top of page


Fostering Understanding

for efforts to increase dialogue and greater appreciation of diversity

Common Ground: Justice and Equality in Palestine/Israel
Honorable Mention: MPC’s, MPC Friends, TWTP Coordinators, TWC Staffers & Volunteers

To top of page


Inspiring Action

for activism, awareness, or advocacy

Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere
Honorable Mention: Rachael Donalds

To top of page


Serving Community

for meaningful, life-changing service in support of communities beyond the Brown campus

John Hope Mentorship
Honorable Mention: Adopt-a-Grandparent

To top of page


Building Tradition

for efforts to bolster or renew Brown traditions, heritage, and spirit

John Dahdah
Honorable Mention: Lindsay Houle and Rebecca Ruscito

To top of page


Forging Connections

for most effectively engaging and involving alumni

Women in Business
Honorable Mention: Native Americans at Brown

To top of page