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Student of the Month Recognition

The Center for Academic Equity’s Student of the Month recognition program aims to highlight exceptional student leaders who actively work to cultivate inclusive environments, foster social equality and culturally-conscious learning at Tulane and within the New Orleans community at large. 

The Center for Academic will begin accepting nominations starting fall 2021 for students who promote equity in all facets of their life and are dedicated to both higher academic and personal achievement.

Eligibility

The ideal candidate….

  • Must be in academic good standing
  • Must be a full-time currently enrolled undergraduate student
  • Must have a minimum GPA of a 3.0
  • Must be actively contributing to the Tulane and/or New Orleans Communities (i.e. through community or campus involvement, volunteering, conducting research, etc.)
  • Must display a dedication to social justice, diversity, inclusion and equity
  • Must exemplify sound judgement, remarkable leadership and outstanding character
  • Must identify as a BIPOC, First Generation, LGBTQ+,  Low income, Individual with Disability, or DACA/Undocumented student
How to Nominate

All award nominations must be submitted through the online Wavesync portal. Access to the portal will be available only when the nomination window is open and exclusively to those with Tulane login credentials. For the Fall 2021 semester, applications will be open on April 7th at 8:00 A.M. and close on April 30th at 11:59 P.M.

Who Can Nominate

Current Tulane undergraduate students may self-nominate themselves or be nominated by any Tulane faculty or staff member. Student organizations may also nominate a member of their organization by having a recognized executive board member curate a letter of recommendation on their behalf.

Steps to Submitting a Nomination

There are two ways to complete the nomination form.

  1. A student may choose to self nominate. In doing so, a completed Wavesync application must be submitted by the deadline as well as a letter of interest & resume. To strengthen their applications, self-nominators may also choose to include an unofficial transcript and/or a letter of recommendation from a faculty/staff member or community leader. This letter of recommendation should not exceed 500 words. 
  2. Current Tulane faculty and staff members may choose to nominate a student of their choice. Nominators should complete a Wavesync application by the deadline. All applications require a letter of recommendation that does not exceed 500 words. 

All submissions should outline how the nominee has shown commitment to the enhancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and their dedication to furthering these efforts. The best applications will highlight how the student has significantly promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion at Tulane and/or within the greater New Orleans.

What do I Get if I Win?

All award recipients will be featured throughout the month on all CAE websites, newsletters and social media pages. Winners will be celebrated at the end of the semester at a recognition luncheon. There they will receive a gift card to the university bookstore and a plaque.

How are Selections Made?

Applications are reviewed for efforts in the following areas:

Leadership: Strong candidates will exemplify exceptional leadership capabilities in their community. Student leaders must not only show support for diversity efforts, but they must also be vital in the creation and implementation of such initiatives. 

Collaboration and Community Building: Strong candidates strive to build community within diverse populations and create awareness surrounding social justice causes. The best candidates understand that we are more alike than we are different and promote collaboration, learning and exploration. 

Education: Strong candidates will exhibit dedication to surpassing the status quo. The best candidates are excelling in the classroom and beyond. Student leaders recognize it is equally salient to prioritize cultural competency as well as high academic achievement.

Active Community Member: Strong candidates are actively contributing and are involved in their communities. Student leaders understand that engagement spans beyond the classroom. The best candidates are making a conscious impact on the world around them.

The Selection Process

After the Wavesync nomination window closes, members of the Center for Academic Equity staff will conduct the nomination screening process. Those who have been selected for the program will receive a follow up congratulatory email with steps for acceptance included by May 12th.

Tips for Nomination
  1. Speak Genuinely. We want to get to know you and your accomplishments fully, avoid using embellished language if unnecessary.
  2. Provide a True Summary. Make sure to include all activities that you have been a part of so that we can get a complete picture of your accomplishments.
  3. Be Clear and Concise. Each narrative piece of the nomination has a strict word limit, so make every word and sentence count.
  4. Avoid Repetition. The nomination form has four narrative sections to address the specific criteria mentioned. Do not focus on simply one activity or achievement for all of them but rather show the variety in your activities.
  5. Emphasize Action. Tangible successes and initiatives show a real dedication to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Make sure that you are showing the ways in which you have actively made change and shown support.
  6. Supplement Your Nomination. Further enrich your nomination by providing an updated resume and unofficial transcript to reflect your current tangible progress.