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Student Affairs Staff Awards

Each year, we recognize individual staff members, departments, or groups who have done exemplary work in the Division of Student Affairs. The recipients of these awards are announced at the annual end-of-the-year celebration. These awards are directly related to the Student Affairs values as stated in the Division’s Strategic Plan. Overall award descriptions and past award recipients appear on this site.

Nomination Process

Once nominations are received, SALT decides upon the recipients using the same selection criteria listed within the nomination form. It is considered an honor to be nominated for any award by one’s peers! Award nominations and recipients will be announced during Student Affairs Staff Recognition Week, to be held in late July. More details forthcoming.


The Awards

Innovation Award

The Innovation Award is given to a Student Affairs’ staff member, department, or group that has generated one or more creative, novel, and sustainable initiatives within the last year to enhance our work, challenge assumptions, foster organizational health, and promote student learning and success.

Collaborative Excellence Award

The Collaborative Excellence Award recognizes a Student Affairs’ staff member, department, or group that has successfully partnered with colleagues outside of the Division of Student Affairs to design and implement programs, activities, and/or services that enrich the Northwestern experience, further student learning, advance social justice, and/or optimize resources.

Integrity Award

The Integrity Award is given to a Student Affairs staff member who has consistently demonstrated the highest ethical and professional standards in one or more instances in the past year. Top nominees will be easily recognized as stellar citizens of Student Affairs who consistently uphold our values and guiding principles.

Social Justice Award

The Social Justice Award recognizes a Student Affairs’ staff member, department, or group who has engaged in activities outside the framework of their regular responsibilities to help create and foster a Northwestern community that is equitable and inclusive.

Distinguished Service – Commitment to Excellence Award

The Distinguished Service – Commitment to Excellence Award recognizes Student Affairs’ staff members who have exhibited outstanding achievement in one or more of the following areas:

Distinguished Service – Commitment to Excellence Awards are presented to no more than five members of the Division each year.

Campus Partner Award

The Campus Partner Award recognizes a faculty or staff member, alumni, or department--not a part of Student Affairs--who has been an outstanding partner with student affairs on a significant initiative to improve the Northwestern experience for students.