Student Organization Awards for the 2020-21 academic year are back!
The application to nominate student leaders, organizations, and advisors will open March 2022! We can't wait to celebrate your hard work, creativity, and perseverance throughout this year!
Congratulations to all nominees and winners from the 2020-2021 academic year! You can check out videos honoring the winner, first runner-up, and second runner-up through The Division of Student Affairs’ Instagram and YouTube accounts.
Individual Award Categories
Advisor of the Year: Presented to an advisor of a student organization who has demonstrated outstanding contributions. This person is one who has had a profound impact on a student organization by providing a welcoming, inclusive, and enthusiastic environment. The advisor positively influences the student organization, both the individuals and the group, to achieve their goals and mission.
Up-and-Coming Student Leader: This award will be given to a student who shows exceptional promise in an organization or club at IU. This student may not necessarily hold a leadership position yet, but their participation and presence in the organization's activities prove them to be a valuable leader in the group.
Student Leader of the Year: This award will be given to a student who has made a monumental impact on an organization through their leadership and has moved the organization forward. This student should show exceptional passion and care for their organization's mission, members, and the IU community.
Organization Award Categories
Organizations should apply to receive awards such as “Event of the Year” or “Community Engagement & Impact”. All nominations will be reviewed by a committee who will decide the winners. The awards for student organizations are below.
Community Engagement & Impact: Presented to a student organization that demonstrates through action, the importance of serving the campus, the community, the country, and the world.This award will be given to an organization involved with hands-on service activities, philanthropic and fundraising events, political and/or advocacy efforts, or other civic engagement-related pursuits.
Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice: Presented to a student organization that demonstrates an active commitment to issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. This could be demonstrated through actions such as programming efforts, collaboration, and/or community building. This award highlights a student organization who focuses on coordinating events, programs, and other efforts that support diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
Leadership Development: Presented to a student organization that facilitates leadership development and promotes leadership opportunities for its members, the campus, and/or the community. This student organization may have developed a leadership philosophy, promoted lectures for guest speakers, organized and managed retreats and workshops, or created other leadership development activities.
Advocacy Work Organization: Presented to a student organization that has demonstrated through action their dedication to advocacy work. This may include advocating for a particular issue, population, or cause. While it certainly does not need to include financial contributions, it can include philanthropic efforts as well if they are furthering their advocacy work. The organization receiving this award has devoted their efforts and leadership to positively affect their topic of focus.
Community Building: Presented to a student organization that has created a unique community space here on campus for students to express themselves. This includes student organizations that are focused on a particular hobby, passion, or interest and allows for students to find a community where they may not be able to find elsewhere on campus.
Event of the Year: This award is presented to a student organization that held an outstanding event for the IU community during the past year. The organization should have successfully navigated the event planning process, showed critical thinking and problem-solving skills, welcomed a diverse group of participants, and enriched the co-curricular experience of IU students.
New Organization of the Year: This organization will be presented to an organization that is considered fairly new but making great strides to positively impact its members or the IU community. The New Organization of the Year should show exceptional promise in the areas of community engagement, collaboration advocacy, diversity & inclusion, and/or leadership development.
Student Organization of the Year: Student Organization of the Year will be presented to a student organization that has demonstrated excellence in the areas of community engagement, collaboration, diversity and inclusion, and/or leadership development. This organization is one that makes a substantial impact on its members and the IU community.
Past award winners
2021 Winner – Dr. Katernine Kearns, Forum for International Graduate Students Runner-Up – Daniel Whitmer, Fulbright Association at Indiana University Runner-Up – Rebecca Butorac, Campus Cursive at Indiana University
2019-2020 Dr. Cheryl Hughes Winner – Olga Kalentzidou, Campus Kitchen Runner-Up – Trent McGee, Kelley Student Government Runner-Up – Cate Reck, Timmy Global Health
2017 Dr. Cheryl Hughes
2016 Mindy Peral
2015 Jordan DeLong
2014 Kate Reck, IU Timmy Global Health
2013 Thomas Lenz, Kelley Student Diversity Council Larry Serfozo, Wright Quadrangle Student Government
2012 Leila Faranesh, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Kevin Brown, Black Law Students Association (honorable mention) Laura Persico, RHA Programming Board (honorable mention)
2011 Molly Barwick, Civic Leadership Development Lynn Cochran, Hutton Honors Council (honorable mention) Jordan Rothenberg, Hillel (honorable mention)
2021 Winner – LGBTQ+ Project Maurer School Runner-Up – IU Student Government Runner-Up – People of IU
2019-2020 Winner – Neurodiversity Colation at Indiana University Runner-Up – Black Student Union Runner-Up – Evolution, Ecology, Behavior Organization Representing Graduate Students
2018 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
2017 Habitat for Humanity at Indiana University
2016 Books and Beyond
2015 STEM Outreach
2014 College Mentor for Kids
2013 Timmy Global Health Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (honorable mention)
2012 Gamma Phi Omega Sorority International, Inc.
2011 Omega Psi Phi, Inc.
2010 Hutton Honors College Association Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity (honorable mention) Sociology Graduate Student Association (honorable mention)