2020 Student Organization Awards & Nominations Open Now
Each year, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center recognizes numerous student organizations and individuals for their contributions to our community at IU. The winners are recognized at an annual ceremony, in the hallways of our office for the year, and on the Division of Student Affairs website. All awards hold great prestige and are an honor for an individual or organization to receive. There will be a banquet to celebrate the award finalists. Details of the celebration are being altered and will be announced at a later date. Continue to check this page for updates on the celebration.
Did your organization plan an outstanding event this year? Is there a blossoming leader in your group that you feel deserves special praise? Help us recognize those going above and beyond at Indiana University Bloomington. We invite you to nominate an individual or a student organization who you believe has gone above and beyond in the IU community this year. Please note: All nominations are accepted! Nominations can be self-nominated for both individual awards and organization awards. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to submit nominations. Submit a nomination for all awards here.
The deadline to apply for all awards is Friday, April 3, at 11:59 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
Mckaig Legacy Award:
Presented to an organization that has been registered for at least 5 years and can demonstrate how it embodies the legacy of Dean Emeritus Richard McKaig, a well-known, student-centered educator and strong advocate for advancing students’ curricular and co-curricular experiences. Exceptional applications from the Student Organization of the Year Award will be considered for this award. There is no additional application.
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.