Excellence in Leadership Awards

2018-19 Student Organization of the Year- Black Student UnionThe Group Excellence in Leadership Awards (ELAs) recognize students, faculty, and staff who have significantly contributed to improving the quality of student life and involvement during the past academic year at Columbia College.

Nominees will have demonstrated values for creativity, community engagement, leadership, stewardship, collaboration, to create a more engaged, connected, and inclusive community.

Group Awards Categories:

Collaboration Award

This award recognizes groups that have come together to create a program, project, or event that successfully displayed a sense of community and teamwork. This collaboration can be with other student groups, SLAB, and/or departments at Columbia College Chicago. 

Community Engagement Award

This award recognizes the group that engaged in activities designed to support the greater Chicago community and beyond. This group was selected based on the positive impact they had both on and off this campus. This can include civic engagement, philanthropy, community service, etc. 

Event of the Year

This award recognizes the group that displayed the most successful event/program overall during the past year. The group is selected based on the overall uniqueness of the event/program, as well as the group’s technique, creativity, marketing, and implementation strategies.

Greatest Strides Award

This award recognizes the group that has demonstrated the greatest improvements over the past year. This group is selected based on their improvement in goal setting strategies, event success, leadership development of members, collaboration with other organizations, and overall contribution to the Columbia College Chicago community.

Marketing Campaign Award

This award recognizes the group that implemented the most effective marketing campaign. This group’s presence on campus was not only positive, but effective in engaging the community in their mission. This can include posters, flyers, social media, etc.

Professional Development Award

This award recognizes the group that engaged in activities designed to improve leadership skills, professionalism, career advancement, and overall professional growth. This can include attending and/or facilitating conferences, networking events, workshops, seminars, etc.

Rookie of the Year

This award recognizes a new group that has achieved success through the careful planning and execution of programming/events, recruitment of members, building relationships with faculty, staff and departments, and creating a vibrant presence on campus.

Team of the Year

This award recognizes the most exceptional team over the past year. The team is selected based on their accomplishments, success, and leadership development of athletes, collaboration with other organizations, completion of responsibilities, and overall contribution to the Columbia College Chicago community.

Student Organization of the Year

This award recognizes the most exceptional student organization over the past year. The organization is selected based on their accomplishments, event success, and leadership development of members, collaboration with other organizations, completion of responsibilities, and overall contribution to the Columbia College Chicago community.

2018-19 Best Event of the Year- Student Programming Board

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