Students honored for leadership, social justice

Student leaders were saluted for their contributions to the campus and the Bay Area community at the 7th annual Dean of Students Leadership Awards on April 19.

A photo of student Daisey Sanchez

Daisey Sanchez who received the Outstanding Student Leader Award

The ceremony began with a rousing performance from the SF State gospel choir followed by remarks from President Robert A. Corrigan, who praised the student leaders in attendance for going above and beyond to make SF State a more lively and engaged community.

The awards recognize the work of students, student organizations and their faculty/staff advisors. Out of more than 60 nominations received this year, five students, three student organizations and three advisors were selected to receive awards.

Dean of Students Joseph Greenwell presided over the ceremony. "You are outstanding on our campus," he said, addressing the nominees. "Each of you has demonstrated true leadership at SF State and far beyond."

Graduating senior Daisey Sanchez was one of three students selected for the Outstanding Student Leader Award. A major in the communicative disorders program, Sanchez has served as a clinic aide in the department's conversation club for young adults, an aide to a child with autism at the nearby Janet Pomeroy Center and as president of a student organization for those in the communicative disorders field. "Since getting involved in service, I've got more out of being at SF State," she said. "And I feel a stronger connection to the campus community."

Other recipients of the Outstanding Student Leader Award included Franko Ali from Associated Students, Inc. and William Barthé from the Residence Hall Association and The SAFE Place.

The Dean of Students Award for Social Justice went to Jeff Briz from The SAFE Place and Students for a SAFE Campus; Lacou Flipse from the Educational Opportunity Program Student Organization and the Guardian Scholars Program; and Everything Great About You -- the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally network in the campus residence community.

Two surprise awards were presented during the event. Greenwell presented Lifetime Student Impact Awards to President Robert A. Corrigan and Vice President for Student Affairs Penny Saffold, both of whom will retire this year.

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-- Elaine Bible