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Student Experience Awards

Student Experience is proud to honor the achievements and contributions of campus leaders who have made a lasting difference in the lives of our students and in the strong relationship that is fostered between the campus and greater community.

Awards for Nomination

The following Student Experience Recognition Awards are presented each year to deserving undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty and community members:

André Auger Citizenship Award

The André Auger Citizenship Award was established in 2000 to honour André Auger who served as Director of the Counselling & Student Resource Centre from 1973-2000. Each year, the Citizenship & Leadership Education program celebrates the leadership, vision and compassion that characterised André's contributions on campus and in the local community through the presentation of this award to an undergraduate or graduate student who has consistently demonstrated a sense of personal responsibility and commitment toward community that is worthy of notice.

Be The Change Award

The Be The Change award is a unique award that recognizes those individuals and groups on campus that are affecting positive change in our world. This award was retired after the 2019 awards banquet.

Brian D. Sullivan Student Leadership Award

The Brian D. Sullivan Student Leadership Award was established in honour of Brian Sullivan who served as Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs from 1988 to 1999. This award is presented to a graduating student who has made significant contributions to student leadership through her/his involvement as an elected or appointed student representative at the University of Guelph.

Bruno Mancini Accessibility Award

This award is named in honour of Bruno Mancini, at the time of his retirement from the University of Guelph, who served as founding Director of Student Accessibility Services from 1990 to 2015. Throughout his career, Bruno served as a tireless advocate for persons with disabilities and played a key role in raising awareness, removing barriers and creating an inclusive environment. In honour of Bruno's legacy as a champion for accessibility, this award honours an individual or group, including students, staff and faculty, who have contributed significantly to promoting and advancing accessibility at the University of Guelph.

Carl Rom Colthoff Experiential Learning Award

This award was established with a donation from University of Guelph alumnus Carl Rom Colthoff (2012), in honour of the many passionate and involved students he encountered during his time at the University. It is presented annually to a student who has participated in a University-organized experiential learning (EL) opportunity (eg. Project Serve Reading Week, Project Serve Spring/Summer, field courses, Peer Helper Program, practicum, URA, etc.) and, as a result of their experience, has taken initiative to contribute more significantly to their community.

Diversity and Inclusion Award

The Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes the outstanding achievement of one undergraduate and one graduate student in the University of Guelph community, who support the University’s mission to create and maintain an inclusive environment for our increasingly diverse community. This award recognizes co-curricular initiatives that champion the values of human rights, accessibility, equity, and diversity and aim to diminish inequalities (within the context of race, class, gender, culture and other identities) on campus and to create pathways to resolving them indefinitely. The Diversity and Inclusion Award was established in 2014 (first presented in 2016) thanks to the generous annual donation of Jane Ngobia, Director, Diversity and Human Rights. The award is intended to promote and celebrate diversity on campus and to recognize the contributions of students who are working to create an inclusive environment. The Award honours one undergraduate and one graduate student or student group (composed of undergraduate or graduate students) who have contributed significantly to diversity and inclusion at the University of Guelph.

Emilie Hayes Award for Community Partnerships

The Emilie Hayes Award for Community Partnerships is presented annually to a community member and/or non-profit organization that has partnered with campus staff and/or faculty, in order to provide an outstanding learning opportunity for University of Guelph students.

Erin Angus Graduate Student Engagement Award

The Erin Angus Graduate Student Engagement Award was established in honour of the Graduate Students’ Association long-time Office Manager, Erin Angus. The recipient will embody the characteristics of steadfast dedication, humble service, and ever-present support of graduate students for which Erin Angus is known. This award is presented to a graduate student who has made significant contributions to graduate and all student life through his/her engagement within the campus community during the past year.

Kishaadigeh Award

The Kishaadigeh Award "She Who Guards the Lodge": was established in 2010 to honour Jaime (Mishibinijima) Cidro, who served as the Indigenous Student Advisor from 2003-2010. This award is presented to a First Nations, Métis or Inuit students enrolled in an associate diploma, undergraduate, or graduate program of study at the University of Guelph, University of Guelph-Humber, or Ridgetown College who is engaged in co-curricular activities that enrich their educational experience and is achieving well academically. The recipient is also connected in meaningful ways to the larger community, actively encouraging others to become involved and is a role model for other Indigenous learners. 

R.P. Gilmor Student Experience Award

This annual award was established in honour of R.P. Gilmor who served as the Provost of the University of Guelph from 1967 to 1987. Both his vision of and dedication to student life has helped shape Student Affairs at the University of Guelph. This award is presented to an individual student or student group AND an individual staff or faculty member/group who shares Paul Gilmor's commitment to improving the student experience and has contributed to the betterment of student life at the University of Guelph.

Roberta Mason Award

The Roberta Mason Award, formerly the Rookie Involvement Award, was renamed in 2004 to honour Roberta Mason who, throughout her time as a student, professional staff, and Director of Student Life & Career Services, served as a champion for the advancement of programs and services that fully engage students in the life of our campus. The award recognizes a student in any semester that, for the first time, has become actively involved in campus life and has made outstanding contributions to a club or organization at the University of Guelph.