I was honored to present the following awards last Friday at our National Mental Health on Campus Conference dinner to these very impressive students, advisors and alumni.
Here are the 2013-2014 Active Minds award winners:
Road Runner Award: Active Minds at St. Michael’s College
The Road Runner Award is awarded to a chapter that was founded within the past year and is off to a fast start when it comes to programming, fundraising, and awareness efforts on campus.
Uniting Voices Award: Virginia State University
The Uniting Voices Award recognizes a chapter that has succeeded in building coalitions of individuals, organizations and other campus entities to advance the mission of Active Minds.
Fundraising Innovation Award: UCLA
The Fundraising Innovation Award recognizes a chapter that has demonstrated particular creativity and innovation in fundraising for mental health.
Programming Innovation Award: University of Rochester
The Programming Innovation Award recognizes a chapter that has demonstrated particular creativity and innovation in effective programming, successfully organizing and implementing a program or programs that go above and beyond typical Active Minds activities.
Margaret Clark Morgan Transformational Change Award: Allegheny College
The Margaret Clark Morgan Transformational Change Award recognizes a chapter each year that has achieved lasting change through effective advocacy for campus-wide policies, structures, systems or practices that improve, protect, and prioritize student mental health. The award is named in honor of a compassionate advocate of change who has had a transformative impact on mental health in Northeast Ohio, and is sponsored by our partners from the Foundation in her name.
Distinguished Alumni Award: Andrew Jessmore, Active Minds at Michigan University
The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to a former member of an Active Minds chapter for outstanding achievement or service to his or her community, Active Minds, Inc. and/or the field of mental health advocacy by raising awareness and removing stigma around mental illness and mental health.
Robert Garrett Advisor of the Year Award: Sandra Davis, Active Minds at Jefferson College
The Advisor of the Year Award recognizes an advisor of an Active Minds chapter who provides clarity, support, and meticulous counsel to a chapter in a respectful and unassuming manner. The Robert Garrett Advisor of the Year recipient has demonstrated a desire and dedication that goes well beyond the basics and has empowered his or her Active Minds chapter to successfully use its voice to change the conversation about mental health on its campus.
Katharine Dahl Student Leader of the Year Award: Eve Rosenfeld, Active Minds at Boston University
This award recognizes a student who has made significant contributions of personal time and talent to the Active Minds cause on his or her campus. The Katharine P. Dahl Student of the Year recipient has led by example, set a standard of excellence, displayed leadership, facilitated change in the campus climate surrounding mental health, built collaborations, involved others in advocacy efforts, and has built trust with members of his or her campus community as a person dedicated to changing the conversation about mental health on his or her campus.
Chapter of the Year Award: SUNY Old Westbury
The Chapter of the Year Award recognizes a five-star chapter that sets itself apart by being an invaluable asset to its campus. The Active Minds Chapter of the Year has an effective executive board and passionate chapter members, hosts innovative events that reach a large portion of their school, and has gone above and beyond to change the conversation about mental health on their campus.