Division of Student Affairs Recognition Awards

The DSA Recognition Awards highlight the great work of individuals throughout all areas and levels in the Division of Students Affairs at VCU. In keeping with the Core Values of VCU and Quest 2025: Together we Transform, the Division seeks to recognize full and part-time members (non-student) of our many departments no matter what level or position. We hope that many of you will seek to uplift your colleagues throughout the Division by nominating them. We will recognize all nominees as well as those selected for the awards at the on Friday, June 7.

View the list of past recipients and photos here.

Nominations for the 2019 Awards are open from Monday, April 22nd - Sunday, May 12th.
Links to the nomination form for each award are embedded in the award descriptions below.
All nominations will be reviewed by the director of the Nominee's department and the awards committees.  The Awards Committees will make recommendations to the DSA Senior Team for final approval.

General Awards

Commitment to Developing Others

This award recognizes t​he efforts of Division employees who actively mentor students, colleagues and other members of the VCU community. This award acknowledges the time, sacrifice and dedication Student Affairs members devote to students or fellow professionals fostering the personal, academic, or career development of students and colleagues. These awards allow the Division of Student Affairs to honor and celebrate the valuable efforts of our colleagues who embody the spirit of mentoring. 
To nominate for the Commitment to Developing Others Award, click this link:   https://forms.gle/QHoBNwjWv1zQSTBS7

Demonstrating Quality Service Award

This award recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond in their demonstration and delivery of exceptional quality service to all of their “customers” (students, colleagues, visitors, etc.). This individual is truly “Creating Community” in every interaction, decision, and action they make.
Nominations for this award have been closed for 2019.

Effective Assessment Award (new in 2019!)

This award recognizes an individual or team within the DSA who has demonstrated effective use of assessment to inform practice, improve services, and/or support student learning and development. Nominations can come from anyone within the Division and self-nominations are encouraged.
To nominate for the Effective Assessment Award, click this link : https://forms.gle/TJibWS54Pmwd8z1U9

Innovation Award

This award honors an individual who strives to develop innovative ideas that have made a positive impact on the student of VCU. This award honors an individual who through their leadership has worked to develop new programs and opportunities to enhance the student experience, to initiate new aspects to an existing program, and/or to find new ways to creatively use the resources of their department already in existence. 
To nominate for the Innovation Award, click this link : https://forms.gle/SU4CNvxNLMf9h6p67

Outstanding Program Award

This award recognizes a program that demonstrates creativity, leadership, and innovation. This program must embody the values of the Division exemplifying community, diversity, integrity, student success, and wellness. New programs will be recognized for their ability to bring change to the campus environment. Continuing programs will be recognized for sustained contributions to the quality of student life.
To nominate for the Outstanding Program Award, click this link : https://forms.gle/MmJT8vtPw1zG75cs9

Professional Contribution Award

This award recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond in their service to a national professional organization (NASPA, ACPA, ACUHO-I, ACUI, AUCCD, NACA, NIRSA, AHEPPP, etc.), involvement in a regional or state organization (NODA - Region VIII, SEAHO, VASPA, etc.), or publishing of research or a paper that contributes to the profession of student affairs. This individual not only is committed to their professional development in these areas, but also helps to develop and educate the division though their experiences and expertise.
To nominate for the Professional Contribution Award, click this link : https://forms.gle/fV1a4YNELExHRjdU8

Ram Spirit Award

This award recognizes an individual who best exemplifies what it means to be a “Ram” and embraces the spirit of the university. This individual has demonstrated this through their work to help students create a community on campus, university loyalty, teamwork in their department and the Division of Student Affairs. This individual lives out the mission of the university in all aspects of their work and is an example to others of what it means to take pride in VCU.
To nominate for the Ram Spirit Award, click this link : https://forms.gle/8V8xH3GsgdHuY61B7

Service to Diversity Award

This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates a commitment to the promotion and celebration of diversity here at VCU. This individual embraces the Division’s mission to develop students to be “thoughtfully engaged contributors to the global community.” This commitment should be demonstrated through work that provides educational opportunities to students and staff about topics of diversity including but not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, sexual/gender orientation, ability, age, religion, and socioeconomic status.
To nominate for the Service to Diversity Award, click this link : https://forms.gle/DqrVuzYWvWWdkGidA

Length of Service Awards

Outstanding New Employee Award

This award recognizes an individual with l​ess than five years of service ​within the Division who has demonstrated superior job performance and has made a significant impact on campus life through the development of students and outstanding leadership in their department and in the Division of Student Affairs. This individual has embraced the mission of the Division and displays it through their daily work. 
Nominations for this award have been closed for 2019.

Dedicated Service Award

This individual is to be recognized for t​heir service and leadership for more than 5 yet not more than 10 years in their department ​and/or in the Division. The person exemplifies a commitment to their position and goes above and beyond all expectations and responsibilities. This individual maintains an example of excellence and strives to provide the best opportunities and service to the students of VCU.
To nominate for the Dedicated Service Award, click this link : https://forms.gle/ZMwz9VC677kfa8uc7

Distinguished Service to the Division of Student Affairs

This individual is to be recognized for their s​ervice and leadership for more than 10 years i​n their department and/or in the Division. The person exemplifies a commitment to their position and goes above and beyond all expectations and responsibilities. This individual maintains an example of excellence and strives to provide the best opportunities and service to the students of VCU.
To nominate for the Distinguished Service Award, click this link : https://forms.gle/bGXyEdCccFhyr8PX9

Beyond DSA Awards

Campus Partner Award

This award recognizes an individual, group or organization that is not part of the Division of Student Affairs and has partnered with the Division of Student Affairs or one of its departments in a significant manner.  The Campus Partner shares our values of community, diversity, integrity, student success, and wellness through programs or services shared with the Division. We seek to recognize those individuals, groups or organizations which, through their collaboration with the Division, have enhanced the student experience at VCU. 
To nominate for the Campus Partner Award, click this link : https://forms.gle/QSTixYSnx81e37zK8

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