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Organization Leadership Awards Winners

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This page lists the organization award winners of 2020 Student Life Leadership Awards. Feel free to review the complete Leadership Awards 2020 Program Booklet. For a listing of individual award winners, visit the Individual Winner webpage. Also be sure to check out the Leadership Awards highlight on @StudentLifeOSU on Instagram.

Outstanding New Student Organization | Oustanding Student Organization | Student Organization Excellence in Member Development | Student Organization Excellence in Organization Operations | Student Organization Excellence in Community Engagement | Oustadning Student Organization Program | Student Organization 150-Hours Service Challenge | Outstanding Diversity Program Award | Boehm Holistic Wellness Award | Spirit of Ohio State Award


Outstanding Student Organization

Ohio State believes in the value of student organizations and their impact on the students involved. Student organizations provide an opportunity for students to work toward a common mission, build friendships and develop leadership. This award recognizes student organizations that make extraordinary contributions to campus and their members through membership development, programming, commitment to academics, and/or active citizenship. We recognize that the achievements of established student organizations and new student organizations differ, yet both contribute to campus involvement. Therefore, this award is granted in two distinct categories; Outstanding New Student Organization and Outstanding Overall Student Organization.

Outstanding New Student Organization

Buckeyes First Student Organization

One of this year’s winners for Outstanding New Student Organization, Buckeyes First was established to create community among and provide opportunities for first-generation students at Ohio State. Their meeting content and programming is specifically targeted towards the academic and social transitions that first-generation students experience when coming to college. Buckeyes First hosted the university’s first National First-Generation College Student Day program this November in collaboration with First Year Experience and the Student Life Multicultural Center, a program they plan to continue to build in future years. They are working hard to build connections with other student organizations and offices on campus, as well as in the broader Columbus community, to continue to grow and serve the needs of first-generation Buckeyes in years to come. Congratulations, Buckeyes First!

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night at Ohio State is dedicated to advocacy, education, and empowerment centered on the experiences of survivors of sexual violence. The organization focuses on promoting wellness as key for anyone practicing advocacy work for survivors, and leadership within the organization model this self-care for other members. Among some of their greatest successes in their first year were the programs they were able to execute, such as a history of activism at Ohio State and Our Truth; A Panel Discussion highlighting the experiences of women of color and sexual violence.  All of this work and more is what helped them become a winner of this year’s Outstanding New Student Organization award. Congratulations, Take Back the Night!

Outstanding Overall Student Organization

ACM-W

ACM-W’s mission is to engage students in activities that improve the working and learning environments for women in technology through mentoring, volunteering and raising visibility of women in STEM. As the mission of the organization is member development, they serve their members through a variety of avenues, including developing an innovation community for newer members to begin to test their leadership skills with less time intensive responsibilities. Despite being a women’s chapter of ACM, they are welcoming to members of all gender identities and engage them equally in organization programs and opportunities. ACM-W engages with the Ohio State community through frequent collaborations with other STEM organizations, and with the broader Columbus community through their K-12 outreach program to get girls excited to study technology fields. All of these efforts make it easy to see how they are winner of this year’s Outstanding Overall Student Organization award. Congratulations, ACM-W!

Hindu Youth for Unity, Virtues, and Action

Hindu Youth for Unity, Virtues, and Action (Hindu YUVA) is a winner of this year’s Outstanding Overall Student Organization. The organization serves to engage the campus community in immersive experiences to raise awareness of Hindu culture and practices. This year they expanded their membership development by moving to weekly open meetings that include meditation and/or yoga, team building, and a discussion of a topic related to the organization mission. They worked hard to create better cohesions and connection among the executive board to allow them to better serve members and engage the broader Ohio State community during their meetings and major programs. They have also won Outstanding Diversity Program this year for the second year in a row, this year for hosting Dr. Rajat Mitra for a lecture on Transgenerational Trauma and how victims of genocide pass down trauma through generations. Congratulations, Hindu Youth for Unity, Virtues and Action!

Ohio Union Activities Board

This year the Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) is the recipient of the Outstanding Overall Student Organization award, as well as Student Organization Excellence awards in both Organization Operations and Community Engagement. As the premiere student programming board on campus, OUAB executes free programs and events on campus for students that are educational, entertaining, and thought-provoking. Funded by the Student Activity Fee, OUAB takes their responsibility very serious to provide a diverse and engaging lineup of over nearly 300 events a year to serve the 60,000 Ohio State students. They have excelled in Organizational Operations, making programming, collaboration and diversity & inclusion cornerstones of their work on campus. They are also consistently engaging with the Ohio State community, notably through the Collaborative Events Committee, which collaborates to bring other student organization’s programs to life. Since last winning this award in 2015, OUAB has undergone significant structural change to better serve the campus’s needs and will continue to work to keep improving each year to come. Congratulations, OUAB!

Universal Health Aid (UHA): Columbus

One of this year’s winners of the Outstanding Student Organization award, Universal Health Aid (UHA) Columbus’s mission is to use connections between people and organizations to improve health care in Columbus. UHA Columbus members serve the community by serving with non-profits, as well as hosting free health screenings. They also focus on boosting health care literacy, a major barrier to health care access. The organization strives to develop their members as future health care professionals and leaders through content in meetings. They have worked hard in the last year to develop a leadership structure that would create more member engagement and accountability. UHA’s mission is the community, and they take that mission seriously, connecting with health care providers in the area, fellow health oriented student organizations, and community members to serve their mission. Congratulations, UHA Columbus!

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Student Organization Excellence Awards

In many respects, the success of student organization programming contributes to “Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience at Ohio State.” The excellence awards are designed to recognize student organizations whose work over the past year demonstrates notable accomplishments success in Member Development, Organization Operations, and Community Engagement, the three domains within the Student Organization Success Framework.

Student Organization Excellence in Member Development

Undergraduate Business Women's Association

The mission of the Undergraduate Business Women’s Association (UBWA) is to bring together all students interested in empowering women by encouraging personal and professional growth in supportive environments through leadership, education, networking support, and community service. The organization strives to create an inclusive organization where all voices are heard, particularly in fields where minoritized voices are not heard from as much. This year, the organization rolled out their new Business Bootcamp six-week series designed to support the growth and development of younger members and other students. UBWA also attended the Big10 Women in Business Leadership Conference to connect with other Women in Business chapters. Member input is regularly solicited, and the organization is constantly adapting to better serve the needs of its members, making it a winner of this year’s Student Organization Excellence in Member Development. Congrats, UBWA!

Undergraduate Student Government

The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is being recognized this year for Student Organization Excellence in Member Development. USG is a governing body of 250 whose vision is “Students Serving Students” – trying to advocate for and represent the voice of all undergraduate students on campus. The organization recruits in both Fall and Spring to ensure that students can get involved with USG as soon as they are ready. The organization has also specifically focused on ways to reconsider their role as conscientious servant leaders. Due to the committee-based structure of USG, the meetings are intentionally designed so that members are able to connect cross-committee, and so that members who may not have formal roles are also able to voice their opinions and advocate for their constituents. Their program Carmen Common Sense also won Outstanding Student Organization Program. This program, which partnered with the University Institute of Teaching and Learning, the Office of Distance Education and eLearning and the Council on Distance Education collaborated to enhance instructor utilization of CarmenCanvas, as well as recognizing instructors with excellent Carmen pages with the Carmen Award. Congratulations, USG!

Student Organization Excellence in Organization Operations

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Theta Chapter

The Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is a winner of this year’s Student Organization Excellence in Organization Operations award. As the first historically Black sorority, the mission of Alpha Kappa Alpha is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards in members, to promote unity and friendship among college women, and to be of service to all mankind. The organization prides itself on its connection with graduate chapters and the opportunity for lifetime members and service to the organization. The organization collaborates with a variety of organizations on campus to hold events that promote scholarship, service, and meaningful friendship. The organization has developed meeting structure and leadership transitions to ensure continual success for future years, and works hard to create an inclusive culture for members and for anyone who attends their programming. Congratulations, Alpha Kappa Alpha!

Ohio Union Activities Board

This year the Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) is the recipient of the Outstanding Overall Student Organization award, as well as Student Organization Excellence awards in both Organization Operations and Community Engagement. As the premiere student programming board on campus, OUAB executes free programs and events on campus for students that are educational, entertaining, and thought-provoking. Funded by the Student Activity Fee, OUAB takes their responsibility very serious to provide a diverse and engaging lineup of over nearly 300 events a year to serve the 60,000 Ohio State students. They have excelled in Organizational Operations, making programming, collaboration and diversity & inclusion cornerstones of their work on campus. They are also consistently engaging with the Ohio State community, notably through the Collaborative Events Committee, which collaborates to bring other student organization’s programs to life. Since last winning this award in 2015, OUAB has undergone significant structural change to better serve the campus’s needs and will continue to work to keep improving each year to come. Congratulations, OUAB!

Student-Alumni Council

A winner of this year’s Student Organization Excellence in Organization Operations, the Student-Alumni Council serves to advance Ohio State through programs that promote student-alumni interaction, foster a spirit of loyalty to the university, and cultivate relationships between students past, present, and future. The organization hosts a variety of impactful events for the campus to further that mission, such as hosting the 5 Under 25 alumni panel program and the Buck-I-Run 5k. As a strong representative of the Alumni Association, the organization has developed extensive fiscal stewardship processes to manage their multiple endowments. They also work very closely with their advisors to enhance the quality of meetings and ensure the successful planning and implementation of all of their events. Established over 40 years ago, the organization continues to grow and sustain itself to serve future Buckeyes and future alumni for years to come. Congratulations, Student-Alumni Council!

Student Organization Excellence in Community Engagement

FIRST Alumni and Robotics

The year, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Alumni and Robotics were the recipient of the Student Organization Excellence in Community Engagement award, as well as completing the Student Organization 150-Hour Service Challenge. FIRST is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire K-12 students to be engaged in STEM through mentoring program. FIRST Alumni and Robotics at Ohio State provides mentorship to local FIRST teams of all levels, hosts and volunteers at official and off-season events related to FIRST, and participates as a project team in the FIRST Alumni Collegiate Competition. All the work that FIRST Alumni and Robotics does is community engagement, supporting FIRST teams in K-12 schools throughout central Ohio. They collaborate with engineering student organizations and local companies to host FIRST competitions and events to get youth excited about STEM. For the 150-Hour Service Challenge, FIRST Alumni and Robotics did projects that supported STEM education. Congratulations, FIRST Alumni and Robotics!

Nursing Students Promoting Initiatives to Reinforce Equality (NSPIRE)

Nursing Students Promoting Initiatives to Reinforce Equality (NPSIRE) is a winner of the Student Organization Excellence in Community Engagement award this year, continuing to live out their mission of direct service to the community. NSPIRE hosts programs and initiatives that raise public awareness of, and provide education about, health care inequities in under-served populations in the Columbus community. They work with several local non-profits, running Foot Clinics at St Sophia Orthodox Church, which serves a large population of people experiencing homelessness and unemployment. They also host Mom and Baby Clinics with the YWCA of Columbus. These programs, and other community engagement efforts, not only provide growth and development for their members, but allows NSPIRE to create sustained relationships with the community. Their work on both of those clinics has also been recognized as an Outstanding Student Organization program this year. Congratulations, NSPIRE!

Ohio Union Activities Board

This year the Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) is the recipient of the Outstanding Overall Student Organization award, as well as Student Organization Excellence awards in both Organization Operations and Community Engagement. As the premiere student programming board on campus, OUAB executes free programs and events on campus for students that are educational, entertaining, and thought-provoking. Funded by the Student Activity Fee, OUAB takes their responsibility very serious to provide a diverse and engaging lineup of over nearly 300 events a year to serve the 60,000 Ohio State students. They have excelled in Organizational Operations, making programming, collaboration and diversity & inclusion cornerstones of their work on campus. They are also consistently engaging with the Ohio State community, notably through the Collaborative Events Committee, which collaborates to bring other student organization’s programs to life. Since last winning this award in 2015, OUAB has undergone significant structural change to better serve the campus’s needs and will continue to work to keep improving each year to come. Congratulations, OUAB!

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Outstanding Student Organization Program Award

Ohio State student organizations host thousands of events throughout the academic year, contributing not only to the extraordinary student experience of their own members, but the to the campus community as well. Outstanding programs promote the mission of the organization, meaningfully involve members in the planning and execution of the event, and make a lasting impact on membership and/or the campus community. Successful programs will align with the Programming outcome in the Student Organization Success Framework.

Nursing Students Promoting Initiatives to Reinforce Equality (NSPIRE)

Nursing Students Promoting Initiatives to Reinforce Equality (NPSIRE) is a winner of the Student Organization Excellence in Community Engagement award this year, continuing to live out their mission of direct service to the community. NSPIRE hosts programs and initiatives that raise public awareness of, and provide education about, health care inequities in under-served populations in the Columbus community. They work with several local non-profits, running Foot Clinics at St Sophia Orthodox Church, which serves a large population of people experiencing homelessness and unemployment. They also host Mom and Baby Clinics with the YWCA of Columbus. These programs, and other community engagement efforts, not only provide growth and development for their members, but allows NSPIRE to create sustained relationships with the community. Their work on both of those clinics has also been recognized as an Outstanding Student Organization program this year. Congratulations, NSPIRE!

Undergraduate Student Government

The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is being recognized this year for Student Organization Excellence in Member Development. USG is a governing body of 250 whose vision is “Students Serving Students” – trying to advocate for and represent the voice of all undergraduate students on campus. The organization recruits in both Fall and Spring to ensure that students can get involved with USG as soon as they are ready. The organization has also specifically focused on ways to reconsider their role as conscientious servant leaders. Due to the committee-based structure of USG, the meetings are intentionally designed so that members are able to connect cross-committee, and so that members who may not have formal roles are also able to voice their opinions and advocate for their constituents. Their program Carmen Common Sense also won Outstanding Student Organization Program. This program, which partnered with the University Institute of Teaching and Learning, the Office of Distance Education and eLearning and the Council on Distance Education collaborated to enhance instructor utilization of CarmenCanvas, as well as recognizing instructors with excellent Carmen pages with the Carmen Award. Congratulations, USG!

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Student Organization Service Challenge

To celebrate and honor the university’s sesquicentennial anniversary, Student Activities challenged student organizations to complete 150 hours of service in the 2019-2020 school year. Student organizations who participated in this challenge completed a combined total of 8,939 hours of service. Service projects incorporated a variety of social justice issues including food insecurity, animal welfare, youth support services, disability services, and more. 

4 Pays for Ability at Ohio State

4 Pays for Ability enriches the lives of children with disabilities and veterans through training and placement of quality, task-trained service dogs to provide increased independence. For the 150-Hours Service Challenge, 4 Paws did service projects that contributed to animal welfare. Congratulations, 4 Paws for Ability!

Alpha Epsilon Delta National Health Pre-Professional Honor Society, Ohio Alpha Chapter

Alpha Epsilon Delta is committed to encouraging excellence in scholarship, stimulating an appreciation of the importance of health pre-professional education, promoting cooperation and contact between professional and pre-professional students and educators, binding together students with similar interests, and using its knowledge for the benefit of health organizations, charities, and the community. Alpha Epsilon Delta did projects that contributed to healthcare. Congratulations, Alpha Epsilon Delta!

Alpha Phi Omega

This national co-ed fraternity prepares campus and community leaders through service with core objectives of share, grow, improve and invest. For the 150-Hours Service Challenge, Alpha Phi Omega did service projects that contributed to animal welfare, food insecurity, and environment/sustainability. Congratulations Alpha Phi Omega!

Circle K Club at The Ohio State University

This service-focused organization functions around leadership development, collaboration, citizenship, humanity, and community-building. For the 150-Hours Service Challenge, Circle K did service projects that contribute to youth services, food insecurity, and recreational services. Congratulations Circle K Club!

FIRST Alumni and Robotics at Ohio State

FIRST Alumni and Robotics at Ohio State provides mentorship to local FIRST teams of all levels, hosts and volunteers at official and off-season events related to FIRST, and participates as a project team in the FIRST Alumni Collegiate Competition. For the 150-Hour Service Challenge, FIRST Alumni and Robotics did projects that supported STEM education. Congratulations FIRST Alumni and Robotics!

Humanity First Student Chapter

Humanity First Student Chapter advocates for human life by means of undertaking disaster relief efforts, as well as human development projects for socially disadvantaged communities both locally and abroad. For the 150-Hours Service Challenge, Humanity First did service projects that contribute to food insecurity. Congratulations Humanity First!

Multicultural Understanding Through Non-Traditional Discovery Opportunities at The Ohio State University 

MUNDO is committed to facilitating dialogue and promotion of action that results in community-based service, experiential learning, and social change-focused leadership. For the 150-Hours Service Challenge, MUNDO did service projects that contribute to food insecurity. Congratulations MUNDO!

Muslim Students’ Association

MSA aims to aid in the fulfillment of the religious obligations of Muslims at The Ohio State University, to provide a home on campus to Muslims and those who seek it, to be a voice in the Ohio State community about Islam, and to serve all people with tolerance, communication, and friendship. For the 150-Hours Service Challenge, MSA did service projects that contribute to food insecurity. Congratulations Muslim Students’ Association!

Neuroscience Education for Urban and Rural Outreach

NEURO proposes to design and implement monthly outreach events within underserved schools in central Ohio. It is their goal to demystify neuroscience at an age when students are beginning to form lifelong interests, so that they contribute to a better educated public and kindle an interest in basic scientific research. For the 150-Hours Service Challenge, Humanity First did service projects that contribute to STEM education, youth services, and library services. Congratulations NEURO!

Ohio Staters, Inc.

Ohio Staters, Inc. strives to improve the University through unique voluntary service in helping the University envision its future, facilitating change, and promoting its finest traditions. Staters did projects that contributed to disability services, healthcare, and education. Congratulations Ohio Staters, Inc!

Phi Delta Epsilon, International Medical Fraternity, Undergraduate Chapter

Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity creates physicians of integrity with a life-long commitment to our guiding principles of philanthropy, deity, and education through fellowship, service, mentoring, and formal training in leadership, science, and ethics. For the 150-Hour Service Challenge, Phi Delta Epsilon did service projects that contribute to sustainable communities and education. Congratulations Phi Delta Epsilon!

Pi Sigma Epsilon

Pi Sigma Epsilon provides members with unique programming and leadership opportunities that will create professional growth for both themselves and for the chapter while allowing students to interact with professionals, educators, other students and alumni members. For the 150-Hour Service Challenge, Pi Sigma Epsilon did service projects that contribute to food insecurity as well as family and youth services. Congratulations Pi Sigma Epsilon!

Pre-Veterinary Medical Association

Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) helps guide and unite students interested in veterinary medicine towards opportunities that include hands-on experience, community service, and exploration of the profession. For the 150-Hour Service Challenge, PVMA did projects related to animal welfare. Congratulations PVMA!

Scientific Thinkers Student Organization

Members of Scientific Thinkers serve as volunteers and mentors for the students of the partner elementary schools in order to advance and support first generation and underrepresented students in STEM fields. For the 150-Hours Service Challenge, Scientific Thinkers did service projects that contribute to youth services and education. Congratulations Scientific Thinkers!

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Zeta Phi Beta Fraternity Inc.’s purpose is to foster the ideas of service, charity, scholarship, civil and cultural endeavors, sisterhood and finer womanhood. For the 150-Hours Service Challenge, Humanity First did service projects that contribute to youth literacy, food insecurity, and environmental/sustainability issues. Congratulations Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.!

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Outstanding Diversity Program

Sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center, these awards are presented to students and student organization programs that have demonstrated a significant commitment to fostering intercultural impact as part of ongoing efforts to create a globally engaged citizenry among students at The Ohio State University. The awards recognize efforts put forth by students to encourage a deeper understanding of diversity and social justice and create intercultural understanding.

Hindu Youth for Unity, Virtues, and Action 

Hindu Youth for Unity, Virtues, and Action (Hindu YUVA), in addition to winning this year’s Outstanding Overall Student Organization, is the winner the Outstanding Diversity Program Award. The organization serves to engage the campus community in immersive experiences to raise awareness of Hindu culture and practices. In November 2019, Hindu Youth for Unity, Virtues, and Action invited Dr. Rajat Mitra, an international award-winning psychologist from New Delhi, India, to share how trauma in genocide victims lasts through several generations. Dr. Mitra shared stories of the struggle and perseverance of the Kashmiri Hindu (pandit) community in India, who were victims of ethnic cleansing and exodus during 1989-90. This innovative program helped to create a deeper understanding of diversity, social justice, and intercultural understanding among the students at The Ohio State University by allowing attendees to gain a deeper historical understanding of the population, as well as highlighting support services for students that identify as part of the Kashmiri Hindu community. Congratulations, Hindu Youth for Unity, Virtues and Action!

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Boehm Holistic Wellness Award

Sponsored by the Student Life Wellness Center, this award is presented in both individual and organization categories. The award recognizes Buckeyes who have promoted holistic wellness through leadership.

Buckeye Food Alliance

This year’s organization winner of the Boehm Holistic Wellness Award is the Buckeye Food Alliance. In an attempt to reduce the impact of food insecurity at Ohio State, the Buckeye Food Alliance works every day toward improving their food pantry operations and raising awareness about the prominent issue in the Ohio State community. The organization demonstrates a commitment to wellness by establishing programs and initiatives that are dedicated to fostering the 9 dimensions of wellness in all Ohio State community members. This past year, the organization opened a second pantry location to increase the food stability of students living on the northern and eastern parts of the campus community, reduce the need for transportation to access healthy and nutritious foods, and increase the ability to leverage the economic resources that they do have. Congratulations, Buckeye Food Alliance!

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Spirit of Ohio State

The Spirit of Ohio State Award recognizes students and student organizations that strongly represent the values, traditions, and spirit of Ohio State through their engagement in and commitment to the campus community.

Pre-Veterinary Medical Association

This year, the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) are recipients of the Spirit of Ohio State award, as well as completing the Student Organization 150-Hour Service Challenge. PVMA helps guide and unite students interested in veterinary medicine towards opportunities that include hands-on experience, community service, and exploration of the profession. They embody the Buckeye spirit through their commitment to educating the student body, which they do through offering diverse professional development opportunities for their members. They live out Ohio State’s commitment to fostering a spirit of service and engagement by spending significant time doing service work with the OSU Vet Clinic, as well as other animal clinics and animal rescues in the area. PVMA also supports members through a robust mentorship program within the organization, as well as a variety of mental health oriented programs. For the 150-Hour Service Challenge, PVMA did projects related to animal welfare. Congratulations, PVMA!

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