Community Awards Categories

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Faculty/Staff Mentor Award

Is presented to a faculty or staff member who has provided outstanding support for students through advising, mentoring, coaching and/or research.

Dr. St. Clair Drake Teaching Award

Is presented to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching. The ideal candidate for this award has inspired students intellectually and demonstrated a commitment to enhancing the intellectual vitality/academic environment of the Black community.

Harold K. Boyd Student Leadership Award

Is presented in honor of Harold K. Boyd, Stanford University’s first Black Assistant and Associate Dean of Students. In recognition of his leadership, the award is presented to a senior with a 3.5 Grade Point Average who has held key leadership positions in one or more BVSOs and shown sustained commitment to the Black Community as Stanford.

Student Organization Leadership Award

Is presented to a student who has shown exceptional leadership within their student organization. Ideal candidates for this award are those students who have taken on various leadership roles within their organization and/or have made innovative changes in order to help their organization make a positive impact on Stanford’s Black community.

Community Service Award

Is presented to a student who has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to public service. Ideal candidates for this award have dedicated time and energy to community service endeavors that have made positive contributions to individuals and/or organizations.

Black Arts Award

Is presented to a student who has excelled in the area(s) of music, dance, theatre and/or visual arts. An ideal candidate for this award is someone who has pronounced dedication to the arts and has freely shared their talent to enhance the Black Community or represent the community in a positive way.

Program/Event of the Year Award

Is presented to a Black Voluntary Student Organization that executed a program/event of overall excellence this academic year. Ideal nominations for this award are those programs that both impacted the audience in attendance and had a lasting impact on the community.

Grad Student of the Year

Is presented to a graduate student who has demonstrated exceptional academic and intellectual achievement through cutting edge research in a particular field of study. The ideal candidate for this award represents scholarly excellence at Stanford and serves as an academic role model to fellow students.

BVSO of the Year Award

Is presented to a Black Voluntary Student Organization that has executed consistent quality programming that has impacted the community in a significant and/or unique way. Ideal nominees are organizations with consistent excellence in programming and/or organizations that have shown great improvement.

Best Programming Collaboration

Is presented to two or more student organizations (one being a Black Volunteer Student Organization) that have demonstrated exceptional collaboration skills on a program or event. Ideal candidates for this award have not only contributed financially to an event, but all groups worked together consistently from creation, coordination, and execution of the event.

Diaspora/Global Citizenship Award

Is presented to a student who has shown a high level of  involvement and commitment to the Black community abroad. Ideal candidates for this award are those who, through dedication to research, service, or other work, have achieved exceptional success in rebuilding and uplifting the Diaspora.