Spring 2014 Recipients

Kaitlyn Chriswell, Class of 2014

Kaitlyn Chriswell Class of 2014

Kaitlyn is being recognized for her work with Sustained Dialogue. She is the co-lead moderator this year and organized the student-run Dialogue on Deering, an event that brought together over 50 students, faculty, and staff members to engage in a conversation across differences. She is also a member of the Inclusion Task Force, a member of NU Mock Trial, and has served as a Wildcat Welcome Peer Advisor for three years straight.

Demetrios Elias, Class of 2014 & Brenton Howlad, Class of 2015

Demetrios Elias, Class of 2014 & Brenton Howlad, Class of 2015

Brenton and Demetrios are being recognized as co-winners for their work with a new mental health initiative in the Greek community. In just over two weeks, they organized training sessions for newly-initiated fraternity members, resulting in over 200 students receiving QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). The work Brenton and Demetrios have done this quarter will help improve the campus climate around mental health, and increase student’s access to resources from their peers.

Hannah Merens, Class of 2016

Hannah Merens, Class of 2016

Hannah is being recognized for her work on inclusion. As Risk Management Officer for the Panhellenic Association, Hannah has worked closely with the LGBT Resource Center to continue and expand conversations on LGBTQ inclusion and intersectionality within the Greek community. Hannah is an action-oriented leader, helping to make lasting change within the NU community. She is also a Freshman Urban Program counselor and senior health educator for Peer Health Exchange.

Nikita Ramanujam, Class of 2015

Nikita Ramanujam, Class of 2015

Nikita is being recognized for her work in founding TEDxNorthwestern. Wanting to create a new form of campus dialogue and encourage intellectual curiosity beyond the classroom, Nikita worked tirelessly to obtain the licensing necessary for TEDxNorthwestern to become a reality. She also organized the entire conference this past April, which featured 12 professors, students, and alums presenting their ideas and experiences on the intersecting nature of human relations.