Excellence in Leadership Awards

This year's annual leadership award ceremony has partnered with the Edgar Beckham awards in order to honor and recognize excellence for leadership and social justice within Wesleyan University.

All nominations are due no later than April 6, 2020. Below you will find descriptions and criteria of each of these awards. Descriptions can also be accessed through this pdf

SALD Leadership Awards:

Each spring the Division of Student Affairs offers Leadership Awards to students and student organizations for exceptional work and dedication to campus and community involvement throughout the academic year. The celebration is coordinated by the Office of Student Activities & Leadership Development. Award recipients are also recognized at the Academic Scholarships, Fellowships, and Prizes reception at the close of the spring semester.

* SALD Leadership Award Nomination form

Bridge-Builder Award (Individual) 
Bridge -Builder Award (Organization) 
Cardinal Crest Award  
Exceptional Program of the Year Award  
First-Year Student Leadership Award 
Graduate Student of the Year Award 
Mosaic Award 
Outstanding Collaboration Award 
Senior Legacy Award 
Social Activist Award 
Student Organization of the Year Award 

Edgar Beckham Leadership Awards:

The Edgar Beckham Social Justice Awards Ceremony was developed in honor of Dr. Edgar Beckham, former professor of German Studies and Dean of the College at Wesleyan University. In honor of his dedication to the advancement of diversity and inclusion at Wesleyan, we celebrate Wesleyan students, faculty, staff and alumni peers, faculty, and staff who have exercised superior cultural sensitivity and contributed to Beckham's work of promoting diversity and inclusion in the name of social justice at Wesleyan. 
* Edward Beckham Leadership Award Nomination form
 SALD Award Descriptions:

The Bridge Builder Award (Individual)
This service award recognizes a student who has succeeded in strengthening the relationship between Wesleyan and the greater Middletown community. 

Criteria:

  • Initiative taken to creatively address a community issue or concern that pertains to the relationship between Wesleyan and Middletown.
  • Consistent and sustained efforts in the arena of community service.
  • Implementation of a sustainable framework to address a community issue or concern.Recruitment and retention of volunteers.
  • Engagement of members of both the Wesleyan and Middletown communities. Back to Top

The Bridge Builder Award (Organization)
This service award recognizes a student group that has succeeded in strengthening the relationship between Wesleyan and the greater Middletown community. 

Criteria: 

  • Initiative taken to creatively address a community issue or concern that pertains to the relationship between Wesleyan and Middletown.
  • Consistent and sustained efforts in the arena of community service by the group as a whole. 
  • Implementation of a sustainable framework to address a community issue or concern.
  • Truly collaborative effort among the members of the student group, with a clear distribution and sharing of responsibilities.
  • Engagement of members of both the Wesleyan and Middletown communities. Back to Top

Cardinal Crest Award
The Cardinal Crest Award is presented to a member of the Wesleyan Student Assembly who has demonstrated sustained commitment to leadership in the WSA and to representing the interests of the student body.

Criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to the WSA position: exhibiting individual leadership while maintaining a cooperative group mentality.
  • Demonstrated outreach to subsections of the campus community and to soliciting feedback from their constituents.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the Wesleyan student community, student interests, and campus issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with the Wesleyan faculty and/or administration to address campus issues.
  • Reliability as a WSA member (i.e. consistent attendance and participation in assembly meetings).
  • Nomination should include a letter of recommendation from a WSA member who has first-hand knowledge of the nominee's contribution. Details of involvement in the WSA, any project(s) he/ she/ ze has been involved in and its impact and any reflective insights. Back to Top

Exceptional Program of the Year Award
This award recognizes an exceptional program, cultural event, or production that has succeeded in translating the collaborative efforts of a group of students to have a campus-wide impact. 

Criteria:

  • Represents a truly collaborative effort by a student group or groups, with clearly distributed responsibilities.
  • Outreach by a student group or groups to recruit a diverse range of collaborators and sponsors.
  • The program is either original or creatively re-designs a past or recurring program/event/production.
  • Demonstrated success in identifying and focusing on the intersection of common concerns/issues/causes/identities on campus, and thereby appealing to andimpacting a wide range of people. Back to Top

First Year Student Leadership Award
The First-Year Student Leadership Award is presented to a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership or involvement in the Wesleyan community

Criteria:

  • Demonstrated  active involvement in extra-curricular activities during their first year on campus
  • Made concerted efforts to network with, and learn about, various faculty, staff, and administrative offices at Wesleyan
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and/or actively engaged with the Wesleyan or greater Middletown communities
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain balance between extra-curricular activities and academics Back to Top

Graduate Student of the Year Award
This award recognizes a graduate student who has proven to be a vital and dynamic member of the Wesleyan community through taking on an active leadership role in campus life.   

Criteria:

  • Consistent and sustained dedication to community building.   
  • Measurable impact of efforts (i.e. initiating and/or leading a campus event or program).
  • Engagement of other members of the Wesleyan community in his/her/hir efforts. 
  • Serving as a model of, as well as inspiring, energy and enthusiasm in others. Back to Top

Mosaic Award
This award recognizes the contribution(s) of a student organization that has raised campus awareness through educational initiatives on issues of identity, culture and social justice.

Criteria:

  • The organization has planned programs or educational initiatives that enhance sensitivity to issues of race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, faith, sex, gender identity or expression and/or sexual orientation or another aspect of identity.
  • The organization has planned programs that have been open to the entire campus community.
  • The organization has sought to include in it's membership, members of differing identity groups and/or to collaborate with other groups on campus.
  • The organization has demonstrated the longer term sustainability or impact of their initiatives. Back to Top

Outstanding Collaboration Award
The Collaboration award is presented for a program which was successfully planned in the spirit of partnership and teamwork.

Criteria:

  • Sponsored by two or more student organizations
  • Demonstrated outreach to a diverse group of collaborators
  • Demonstrated balance of planning responsibility by all of the sponsors
  • Multiple funding sources were used for the program
  • Demonstrated impact on the larger campus community Back to Top

Senior Legacy Award
The Senior Legacy Award is presented to a graduating senior who has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership throughout their entire career at Wesleyan University

Criteria:

  • Demonstrated sustained leadership or active involvement throughout their enrollment at Wesleyan
  • Demonstrated dedication to organizing community building events and activities on campus
  • Proactively worked to create change in the Wesleyan and/or greater Middletown   communities
  • Demonstrated ability to recruit and motivate others
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with and show respect for other community members Back to Top

The Social Activist Award
This award recognizes an individual that best exemplifies the spirit of social activism and social change through programmatic and community building efforts in either the Wesleyan or Middletown communities.

Criteria:

  • Demonstrated creativity and innovation in program planning
  • Demonstrated effort to collaborate with a diverse range of organizations, departments, and individuals
  • Measurable impact of social change within the Wesleyan or Middletown community
  • Demonstrated sustainability of program or initiative Back to Top

Student Organization of the Year Award
This award recognizes a student organization that has excelled in sustaining leadership, an active membership and programmatic efforts that contribute to the larger Wesleyan Community.

Criteria:

  • Demonstrated active membership over the course of the academic year.
  • Demonstrated growth of membership and/or presence on campus
  • Preference is given to organizations who can also demonstrate collaboration with other organizations and/or departments.
  • Demonstrated efforts to sustain the organization over time. Back to Top

Edgar Beckham Award Descriptions:

Campus Inspiration Award

This individual has shown a deep devotion to diversity and social justice, making them an inspiration to other community members. This individual is not afraid to critique problems that they see, both global and local to Wesleyan but still upholds a high level of moral character. This person represents the best that Wesleyan has to offer and makes other community members aspire to a similar level of dedication.

Senior Impact Award

This student has demonstrated consistent and powerful dedication to activism and social justice throughout their time at Wesleyan. This student has left an indelible mark on Wesleyan’s campus both through the work that they have done as well as the support that they have given to other students during their time here. 

Foot in the Door Award

This student has shown a markedly high level of commitment to diversity within their first year at Wesleyan. This student has gotten off to a running start and shows extreme promise in pushing forward issues of social justice during the remainder of their time at Wesleyan.

Excellence in Science

This student has promoted diversity and social justice in the sciences, both in terms of excellence within their personal coursework as well as the example that they set for other students on campus to enter and stay in the sciences

Excellence in the Arts

This student has demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity and social justice in the arts on campus. This person challenges, uplifts, and questions with their art and helps the community understand the importance of the arts to the development of social justice at Wesleyan. 

Excellence in Athletics

This student has shown a commitment to diversity and inclusion within athletics. Whether pushing their teammates to success both in the game and in class or representing Wesleyan at the highest level off-campus, this award recognizes that student that both on and off the field shows a demonstrable dedication to social justice. 

Faculty/Staff Excellence in Social Justice

This individual has demonstrated a commitment to diversity and social justice throughout their role at Wesleyan. As mentors, teachers, and advisors, faculty and staff members play a critical role in developing students and their colleagues to be better stewards of social justice. This award is thus an opportunity for faculty and staff to be recognized for their devotion and initiative to making Wesleyan a more inclusive and diverse university through their fields of work and spheres of influence. 

Excellence in Community Partnerships

This individual has worked in exemplary fashion to strengthen ties between the Middletown and Wesleyan communities, helping to break down barriers between the two. Whether working with students, faculty, and staff on campus or interacting and cultivating relationships with Wesleyan community members off campus, this individual shows the potential of community building and its promise to the advancement of social justice in and beyond Middletown. 

Excellence in Environmental Justice Initiatives

This individual has demonstrated a commitment to environmental justice. Environmental Justice is defined as highlighting the intersections between racial justice work and green initiatives and works to be intentional in including voices that are usually left out of the environmental movement. This individual not only inspires others to combat environmental racism, but also empowers communities to make their world a sustainable and just one.