Ohio University’s Division of Student Affairs (DOSA) and Division of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are accepting nominations for the 37th Annual Leadership Awards Gala, which will be held on April 15 in the Baker University Center Ballroom. The event will recognize exceptional leadership and community service by students and student organizations. The theme, “It’s Your Story,” encourages students to reflect upon the time they have spent at Ohio University and what they hope the future holds. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for several awards and scholarships.
Students and student organizations at the Athens Campus can be nominated for awards by anyone within or outside of the OHIO community until Dec. 6. An ideal nominee would go above and beyond their work responsibilities, make improvements to life on campus, advance the surrounding community and/or excel academically. Nominators should consider the students who they interact with regularly and are deserving of being recognized for their leadership at Ohio University. Students who want to apply for an award do not need to nominate themselves and can directly submit applications between Nov. 22 and Feb. 1. Students can also nominate their peers for awards.
“We know how important recognition is for our students, and who better to nominate someone than a student who is personally impacted by another student's or organization's leadership?” said Erin Morgenstern, assistant director for leadership at the Career and Leadership Development Center and a member of the gala’s planning committee.
Selection committees led by administrative leaders from DOSA and D&I will choose the recipients of the awards. According to Morgenstern, “As a Division, [DOSA] cannot accomplish our mission alone, and having strong partnerships across the university to aid us is paramount. Having D&I involved in this celebration of student leadership is vastly important and allows us to connect with groups of students and student organizations that are uniquely connected to them.”