Make a Difference Awards

Graduate Student Make a Difference Awards 2020

GSA's Graduate Student Make a Difference Award is a peer-to-peer award that recognizes outstanding grads who make a difference in the lives of others at WMU in the following categories: 

      - Academic Support: This category recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated academic support for their fellow students (both graduate and undergraduate) through activities such as instruction, mentorship, tutoring, study groups, and other ways.

      - Human Affairs: This category recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated support for their fellow students (both graduate and undergraduate) in personal, non-academic areas through actions that display a persistent care for their well-being. This category includes a broad range of actions, and may include providing food, emotional support, guidance, transportation, or other forms of support. 

      - Social Justice and Advocacy: This category recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to justice, fairness, diversity or inclusion. This could include actions such as defending students' rights in and out of the classroom, political advocacy, progress toward a more inclusive community through educating others on issues of diversity, etc. 

      - Community Service: This category recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding service to the WMU and/or Kalamazoo community. This could include actions such as performing community service hours, partnering with a local organization, fundraising for charities, or organizing events that benefit the community. 

To nominate a graduate student, please fill out the nomination form on ExperienceWMU.  Nominations can come from students, faculty or staff, but the nominee must be a graduate student. 

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020 at 5 pm.

Each awardee will be invited to attend the Association's “Evening of Excellence and Award Ceremony” as an honorary guest and will be allowed to bring one guest. The event will take place on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Bernhard Center. 

For pictures of past events, please visit GSA's Facebook page