2019 LEAD Awards will be given to Cal Poly students or student organizations based on four categories – leadership in action, collaboration, programs and events of distinction, and allyship. Individuals can nominate themselves, someone else, or a student organization(s) for these awards. The only award open to Cal Poly staff and faculty is the allyship award - the other three are for Cal Poly students. We will be awarding multiple individuals or organizations for each of the categories.
We recognize some of these awards are not the "typical" awards like President of the Year or Club of the Year. We are asking that nominators think critically about why someone or an organization is deserving of distinction based off of leadership in action, collaboration, or a program and event and to share that with us. If you cannot see someone or an organization fitting within one or multiple of these categories please reach out to us at email@example.com and we would be happy to talk with you.
Leadership in Action Award
Leadership is action – listening, facilitating, making decisions, asking questions, navigating ambiguity, engaging with others, being vulnerable, and more. This award will be given to Cal Poly students or student organizations who have exemplified leadership in action in the 2018 – 2019 academic year. Leaders do not have to have formalized positions and often those who do are leaders because they lead through their actions and not through their title.
Engaging with others takes leadership, persistence, patience, empathy, and more. This award will be given to Cal Poly students or student organizations who have exemplified effective and impactful collaboration with another Cal Poly member or organization or a local community group.
Program or Event of Distinction Award
Programs and events are gifts to the Cal Poly community that take hard work, leadership, followership, time, energy, and more. This award will be given to Cal Poly students or student organizations who implemented a high impact program or event during the 2018 – 2019 academic year. These programs may have been done with support from Cal Poly departments or faculty; however, they should be student planned and implemented.
Allyship is a verb – it requires action, intentionality, impact that is meaningful and supportive or validating, and more. There are Cal Poly staff and faculty across campus who are allies for student events, leaders, organizations, and beyond. This award will be given to Cal Poly staff and faculty who have been allies for student organizations as well as offices within the Dean of Students during the 2018 – 2019 academic year.