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University of Toronto Student Leadership Awards

Status: Nominations for the 2022 UTSLA Awards are currently open. The nomination period will close on Friday, November 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST.

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About the Award

The University of Toronto Student Leadership Award continues U of T’s long-standing tradition of recognizing outstanding student leadership, service, and commitment to the university. This tradition began with the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, which was established in 1994 by the UTAA in honour of Mr. Gordon Cressy, former Vice-President, Development and University Relations. In naming the award in his honour, the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) recognized his leadership and service across various spheres, as well as his term at the university. During the award’s 25-year history, it celebrated the exemplary contributions of more than 4,000 students whose commitment and service had a lasting impact on their peers and the university.

The University of Toronto Student Leadership Award (UTSLA) continues the Cressy Award legacy. Recipients of the UTSLA will join the distinguished community of past Cressy Award recipients in being honoured for their exemplary leadership and service to U of T.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2021 AWARD RECIPIENTS!

View this year's winners through the link below. 

2021 UTSLA RECIPIENTS

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Nominate a Student

  • This award recognizes students in their final year of study, with a minimum cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.70.
  • Students may be nominated by staff, faculty or alumni. Note: a student cannot nominate another student.
  • All nominees must have at least 1 year of significant volunteer leadership and high-impact service in the year immediately prior to the current nomination period.
  • Nomination packages must be approved by the candidate and be received by the divisional Nomination Coordinator no later than Friday, November 19, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Expand options below for details on eligibility criteria and nomination process.

Eligibility Criteria

Students currently enrolled at the University of Toronto may be nominated for this award. Nominees must meet all of the following eligibility criteria.

Nominee must:

  • Be nominated by a member of U of T staff, faculty or alumni. The divisional Nomination Coordinator may serve as the Nominator. A student cannot nominate another student.
  • Expect to convocate from their current program in June or November 2022, if nominated for a 2022 award.
  • Have not received this award or the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award previously, either as an undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA (CGPA) of 2.70 (B-) at the end of the previous academic session prior to the opening of the current nomination period.
    • The Nomination Coordinator must verify the nominee’s CGPA in ACORN prior to approving the nomination, and must check the appropriate box on the form in order to sign-off on the student’s CGPA.
    • Exceptions to this academic requirement may be considered only under extraordinary circumstances. Any exceptions must be assessed and granted by the student’s nominating division. DUA-Alumni Relations does not grant exceptions.
    • Students who confirm they meet the minimum CGPA of 2.70 (via checking the appropriate box in the nomination form) cannot subsequently apply for an academic exemption should their CGPA not actually meet the minimum threshold when it is verified in ACORN. In these cases, the nomination will automatically become ineligible.
SELECTION CRITERIA
  • All nominees must have at least ONE YEAR of U of T volunteer leadership and service in the year immediately prior to the current nomination period.
    • Exceptions to this requirement are at the discretion of the division in cases where students were unable to engage in volunteer opportunities due an absence from campus required by an academic program, for example the PEY program, experiential learning abroad, etc. In these cases, the nominating division is encouraged to look broadly at the nominee’s broader volunteerism and leadership when assessing their candidacy
  • Leadership and service may be exclusively to a division, or to the university more broadly, or to a combination of both.
    • This breadth ensures that students whose university-wide contributions go beyond their divisions are also appropriately recognized.
  • Contributions must be in one or more of the following areas and must directly impact the U of T community. The Nominator must clearly demonstrate concrete examples of these in order to clearly convey the impact of the nominee’s leadership and volunteer contributions.
    • Actively promoting equity, diversity and inclusivity in student life and within the U of T community broadly;
    • Leadership on committees or demonstrated influence on student or university affairs;
    • Sustained and/or high-impact volunteer service directly resulting in improved quality of life of students on campus;
    • Inspiring and facilitating the personal and/or professional development of others within the U of T community.
    • Contributions to the co-curricular experience and to student life more broadly;
    • Leadership and/or service directly facilitating the engagement of fellow students in U of T’s extra-curricular activities; and
    • A clearly demonstrated commitment to fostering a sense of community at U of T.
  • Other points to consider when nominating a candidate
    • Leadership and impact in relation to the student’s academic achievement at U of T.
    • The value and impact of the student’s contributions, rather than the office or title of positions held.
    • Contributions made as part of a paid position are not eligible.
    • Only U of T-related volunteer roles will be considered. Volunteer leadership and service outside the University community will be not be considered and should not be included on the nomination form. 
Nomination Package

The nominator should complete the Nomination Form in conjunction with the nominee.

Each nomination package must consist of the following:

  • Section A: Nominee Information, completed by the nominee
  • Section B: Nominator and Endorsement, completed by the nominator
  • Section C: Mandatory CGPA confirmation and privacy policy sections, completed by the nominee
  • Section D: completed by the Nomination Coordinator once the form has been submitted.

Do not attach resumes or any other supplementary material as these will not be considered.

Nominations may be submitted via whichever division the Nominator feels is most appropriate; however, only one nomination is allowed per nominee.

Nomination packages must be submitted electronically as one single pdf document with no additional attachments. Complete packages must be sent to the relevant Nomination Coordinator; hard copies will not be accepted.

Nomination packages must be approved by the nominee and be received by the Divisional Nomination Coordinator no later than Friday, November 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm (EST). Alumni Relations will not accept nominations directly from nominees or nominators.

Nomination Coordinators

Once your application is ready, please send it to your corresponding coordinator below.

Faculties

Applied Science and Engineering, Faculty of
Sierra LoMonaco
E: sierra.lomonaco@utoronto.ca

Architecture, Landscape, and Design, John H. Daniels Faculty of
Carla Baptista
T: 416-978-3456
E: carla.baptista@daniels.utoronto.ca

Arts and Science, Faculty of
Mila Thirasack
E: mila.thirasack@utoronto.ca

Commerce, Rotman
Linnet Kocheril
E: linnet.kocheril@utoronto.ca

Dentistry, Faculty of
Selina Esteves
T: 416-864-8201
E: selina.esteves@utoronto.ca

Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in
Natalie Neumann Butler
T: 416-978-1126
E: natalie.neumannbutler@utoronto.ca

Global Affairs, Munk School of
Mila Thirasack
E: mila.thirasack@utoronto.ca

Information, Faculty of
Christine Chan
E: christinegrace.chan@utoronto.ca

Kinesiology and Physical Education, Faculty of
Bonnie Merchan-Douglas
T: 416-946-5126
E: b.douglas@utoronto.ca

Law, Faculty of
Wasila Baset
T: 416-946-8227
E: wasila.baset@utoronto.ca

Management, Rotman School of
Neel Joshi | Margaret Charles
T: 416-946-7528
E: neel.joshi@rotman.utoronto.camcharles@rotman.utoronto.ca

Medicine, Faculty of
Laura Neufeld
E: laura.neufeld@utoronto.ca

Music, Faculty of
Nalayini Balasubramaniam
T: 416-978-0814
E: nalayini.maheswaran@utoronto.ca

Nursing, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of
Shonna Spicer
T: 416-946-7097
E: shonna.spicer@utoronto.ca

Pharmacy, Leslie Dan Faculty of
Tara O'Leary
T: 416-946-3147
E: tara.oleary@utoronto.ca

Public Health, Dalla Lana School of
Zoe Downey-Ross
T: 416-946-3486
E: clinepi.grad@utoronto.ca

Social Work, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of
Sharon Bewell
T: 416-978-6364
E: sharon.bewell@utoronto.ca

Colleges

Innis College
Ennis Blentic
T: 416-978-3424
E: ennis.blentic@mail.utoronto.ca

New College
Brenda Registe
T: 416-978-8273
E: brenda.registe@utoronto.ca

St. Michael's College, The University of
Emma Graham
E: emmak.graham@utoronto.ca

Trinity College, The University of
Cameron McBurney
T: 416-978-3612
E: cmcburney@trinity.utoronto.ca
Submit your nomination package online

University College
Naeem Ordonez
T: 416-978-2531
E: naeem.ordonez@utoronto.ca

Victoria University
Scott Johnston
T: 416-585-4578
E: scottm.johnston@utoronto.cavic.dean@utoronto.ca

Woodsworth College
Stephanie Woodside
T: 416-978-5301
E: stephanie.woodside@utoronto.ca

Campuses

University of Toronto Mississauga
Centre for Student Engagement
E: studentawards.utm@utoronto.ca

University of Toronto Scarborough
Regan Tigno
T: 416-287-5631
E: regan.tigno@utoronto.ca

Hart House

Hart House
Lena Yusim
T: 416-946-3676
E: lena.yusim@utoronto.ca

 

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