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2021 Beacons of Excellence nominations open

This year’s nominations will honor "Beacons of Change," celebrating individuals or programs disrupting the status quo while creating positive change.

Each year, the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Division of Student Affairs recognize members of our campus community who go above and beyond to provide an exceptional educational experience.

This year’s nominations will honor “Beacons of Change.” Each award will celebrate individuals or programs disrupting the status quo while creating positive change. We invite you to nominate individuals or programs who have inspired and advanced change by raising awareness around marginalized students, creating institutional change, and advancing racial justice across campus.


The inspiration that we garner from the award winners is long lasting. The 2020 Beacons of Excellence award recipients were no exception. Award recipients were honored for rising above the challenges of a pandemic and their contribution positively influencing students’ learning experiences and the campus during COVID-19. Honorees included Dr. Debra Mascaro, Juan Rios, Megan Randall, Student Success Center, Fine Arts Fees (FAF) Grants, REFUGES Program, Office of Health, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Since 2012, the Beacons of Excellence Awards have celebrated over fifty-five “best practices” found across campus, including individuals, centers, programs, labs, student groups and more, who have engaged and supported students in extraordinary ways. The overall goal is to highlight the achievements of the many who make the university a beacon of excellence.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 7, 2021.