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

2019-2020 Awards: As many things were cut short or cancelled during the Spring 2020 semester due to COVID19, the SAO Leadership awards were also impacted by the short spring. It is our hope and intent to resume with the Leadership awards for the 2020 - 2021 academic year 

Student Leadership
  • 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.
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:







Anne Marie Ponte

Jennifer Casasanto

Je-Shawna Wholley


Brown Asian Sisters Empowered (BASE)

Chelse Steele of Mosaic+

Natalie Asalgado & Kimberley Charles

MedTalk Brown (Minority Association of Premedical Students)


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 

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)


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 

Savannah Doelfel

Ben Martel & Ashleigh LoVette

Isabel Thornton & Sonia Sachar

Drashti Brahmbhatt & Renata Mauriz

New Student Group

Disability Justice at Brown (DJAB)

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

Students for Life

Student Leader

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

Shakespeare on the Green

Mariachi de Brown

Student Group

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