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Each year, the division of Student Affairs recognizes outstanding staff members for their work with students and contributions to important divisional and university programs. Student Affairs recently honored the following five staff members with divisional awards for their exceptional work during the 18-19 academic year.
Student Affairs Excellence Award: From the time of Jim’s interview with the CSD, it was clear that his personal and professional philosophy of life, community service, and education aligned perfectly with DePaul University’s mission and values. One of Jim’s first students had significant challenges navigating the campus environment. Jim took his own time to guide the student around campus to important offices and classrooms. At the end of this specialized tour, Jim bought the student lunch at Chipotle with his own funds. Jim has extended this radical hospitality to a great number of students, families, guests, staff, faculty, and administrators.
Collaboration Award: Student Involvement and Residential Education demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively together towards a singular goal that brought benefit to the campus community. Days before DemonThon, several unforeseen issues put the annual children’s hospital fundraiser in jeopardy. The departure of the staff advisor, change in venue and related financial resources cast serious doubt on the 2019 program. Student Involvement and Residential Education were able to come together and develop creative solutions and shared ownership in the design and execution of the program. In addition, both departments made a commitment to have staff present throughout the 24 hour program.
Outstanding New Staff Professional: As the OMSS PATHS Coordinator, Vanessa has been a great advocate for supporting students of color, students who demonstrate financial need, first-generation college students, undocumented immigrant students, and students with marginalized genders and sexualities. She has worked diligently to spearhead new OMSS initiatives and relaunch former programs to ensure students have access to career and graduate school resources upon graduating. Through Vanessa’s leadership and expertise, she was able to make connections with campus partners and develop quarterly institutes for our students. Each quarter, students are able to connect with DePaul partners and external organizations to discuss career goals and graduate school options.
Lou O’Brien Spirit of Student Affairs Award: Carrie is tireless, dedicated and fun to work with. Even when her work is challenging, she has a quick smile and a hearty laugh that is disarming and infectious. She is accessible, incredibly helpful and a champion for the division, able to see both the bigger picture and the small, important details that help the division move forward in a cohesive way. Her work is often “unseen,” but the impact is significant. Carrie is an extremely hard worker, often putting in extra hours to help staff and departments in times of need. Outside of her daily responsibilities, Carrie is always giving of her time to the division and the university, be it proctoring in the Center for Students with Disabilities, assisting with graduation ceremonies, helping with welcome week, sorority recruitment, FEST, Midnight Breakfast, or even the staff and faculty choir at the tree lighting ceremony - she is often one of the first to volunteer when asked.
Innovation Award: Bill Johnson was instrumental in planning, preparing and laying the groundwork for the launch of "Let's Talk" in the OMSS space/Black Cultural and Resource Center in spring 2019 and served as the inaugural "Let's Talk" consultant and counselor. "Let's Talk" is a program that provides drop-in consultations outside of the UCS space. It's a unique outreach and consultation program designed to make the idea of speaking with a counselor more accessible, especially for students with marginalized identities who may be less likely to reach out for care. Bill did excellent work with the initial launch of this new service, which we expect to continue to grow to meet the needs of traditionally underserved populations -- making counseling and support services more accessible and available.
The individuals that are recognized below for divisional achievements have conducted presentations outside the division, authored publications, received professional awards external to the division and attained significant academic achievements.
Adult, Veteran and Commuter Student AffairsMegan Burda-GiedraitisStaff Quality Service Award
Multicultural Student SuccessMonica RamosOutstanding Service and Leadership, DePaulCenter for Latino Research
Office of the Vice President for Student AffairsJessica PetersonSpirit of DePaul Award
University Counseling ServicesOutstanding Training SiteAssociation of Chicagoland Externship andPracticum Training (ACEPT)
Stacy KvetSpirit of DePaul Award
Natalyn WilliamsStaff Quality Service Award
Offce of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Student Expectations and Student Needs: How Effective College Towns are Designed with Students at the Center.
In J. Martin & J. Samels (Eds.) The New American College Town: Designing Effective Campus and Community Partnerships.
Center for Students with DisabilitiesGregory MooreheadCo-presenter with Vivian Barnette, Ph.D.Why should colleges and universities prioritizemental health and disabilities?American Association of Blacks in HigherEducation
Multicultural Student SuccessMonica RamosThe Latinx Cultural Center as the Counter-Narrative for Latinx in Higher EducationAmerican Association for the Advancementof Curriculum Studies
The Latinx Cultural Center: An IdentityConscious Approach to Engagement &Leadership DevelopmentThe National Conference of the UnitedStates Hispanic Leadership Institute
Office of the Vice President for Student AffairsScott TharpHow White, First-Year College Students ThinkAbout Privilege: Core Conceptual IdeasAssociation for the Study of HigherEducation (ASHE) Conference
Variations Among White First-year CollegeStudents’ Ideological Explanations of PrivilegeSociety for Research in Child Development(SRCD) Biennial Meeting
Writing and Assessing Student Learning Outcomesfor Social Justice EducationNational Conference on Race and Ethnicity inAmerican Higher Education (NCORE)
Designing Social Justice Education WorkshopCurriculum: A Step-by-Step Process for PractitionersNational Conference on Race and Ethnicity inAmerican Higher Education (NCORE)
Assessing Social Justice Education WorkshopCurriculum: Learning Assessment for PractitionersNational Conference on Race and Ethnicity inAmerican Higher Education (NCORE)
Evolving Past Assessment: An Integrated Model forData-Driven Decision-MakingStudent Affairs Assessment and ResearchConference (SAARC)
Gene ZdziarskiTwenty Years of Crisis Response: Reflections on the1999 Texas A&M University Bonfire CollapseNASPA Annual Conference
Gene Zdziarski and Ellen Meents-DeCaigny
Crisis Communication in the Age of Social Media NASPAAnnual Conference, VPSA Institute
Residential EducationAshley TrewarthaReframing Our Approach to Leadership: HelpingStudents Envision Themselves as LeadersNASPA IV-East Annual Conference
University Counseling ServicesAnmol SatianiMaking Race and Culture Work in the STEM Era:Bringing all People Forward andAddressing Mental Health and Systemic Barriers:Accompanying Students of ColorDiversity Challenge 2018