Winter 2015 Recipients

Stephanie Brock-Wilson

Stephanie Brock-Wilson

Class of 2016

Steffi is being recognized for her work as a Fellow for the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), as well as for her involvement with Project Wildcat. As a CCE Fellow, Steffi played a significant role in the fall ‘Voter Van' project that transported students to local polling stations on Election Day, and the NU Day in Chicago outings. As a leader within Project Wildcat, Steffi has sparked continued positive cultural change within the organization, and is most notably being recognized for her work with the AMPED program, which provides music mentoring for teens at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.

Frances Fu

Frances Fu

Class of 2015

Frances is being recognized for her role as President of the Panhellenic Association. As Panhellenic President, she has pushed her peers to approach their work from a lens of inclusion, social justice, and creativity, establishing the roles of Diversity and Inclusion Chairs within the Panhellenic system to ensure that the community is a more inclusive and welcoming place. She spearheaded the second Women's Empowerment Week for Panhellenic, and has worked to celebrate a shared female identity amongst Panhellenic women. Her experiences, from founding Students for Sensible Drug Policy to serving as a Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educator, influenced her progress-oriented leadership style.

Assata Kokayi

Assata Kokayi

TGS Class of 2016

Assata is being recognized for her work in co-founding NU Student Parent Alliance, a collection of students, faculty, staff and community members working to promote better resources for student parents at Northwestern. A student-parent activist and proud mother, Assata works to bring attention to the struggles faced by student parents. As Midwest-Social Justice Chair for the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS), Assata combines advocacy with research and dialogue to make the needs and experiences of graduate student parents in Midwest universities more visible. Currently, Assata is a member of the Graduate Leadership and Advocacy Council (GLAC), which serves as the voice of graduate students in academic and administrative matters with deans and administrative staff of The Graduate School and campus stakeholders on the Evanston and Chicago campuses.

Nandi Mehta

Nandi Mehta

Class of 2016

Nandi is being recognized for her work as the co-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). In this capacity, she was selected by her Big Ten SAAC peers to represent the voice of student-athletes from the conference at the annual NCAA National Convention. While at the convention, Nandi spoke on behalf of student-athletes regarding the newly formed Division 1 autonomy structure and legislation, and issues impacting student-athlete well-being with athletic administrators from across the country. Nandi is also a member of Northwestern's Women's Soccer team.

Noah Star

Noah Star

Class of 2016

Noah is being recognized for his work as the Associated Student Government's (ASG) Speaker of the Senate, and specifically for his preparation and management of the Senate and community discussions of the resolution proposal regarding divestment of university investment holdings. During the eight hours of impassioned debate and contentious discussion, Noah’s compassionate management of the process, adherence to parliamentary procedure, and willingness to allow community voices to be heard helped 400 in-person attendees and 300 online participants on all sides of the resolution feel respected.