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Leadership Awards

Hmong Student Union wins the Capturing the Spirit in 2015SAL Campus Impact Awards

Awarded to student organizations and to an advisor by the office of Student Activities and Leadership.

Purpose: To recognize and honor student organizations and advisors of student organizations for great service contributions to the Stanford community in one of the following categories:

Leaving a Legacy
Initiatives that have had a strong and sustained impact on or off-campus.

Capturing the Spirit
Initiatives that embody the spirit and soul of the Stanford student community.

Inspiring Innovation
Efforts that have inspired innovation through programs, publications or other activities.

Building Bridges
Collaborative efforts that seek to create understanding and dialogue. 

Advisor of the Year - NEW THIS YEAR
An advisor who has gone above and beyond to support a student organization.

Critera for Student Organization Nominations

  • Organizations nominated must be currently registered student organizations.
  • Efforts recognized should be recent but can include past accomplishments.
  • Nominations are sought broadly from all members of the Stanford community and student organization advisors.
  • Orgs may self-nominate but preference is given to those that include a recommendation from staff, faculty or an advisor.
  • All nominations should be made by an individual.

Criteria for Advisor

  • Advisor role must be in a voluntary capacity
  • Advisor must be a faculty, staff, or alumni member at Stanford

Nominations are now closed for the 2016-2017 academic year. Check back Spring 2017 for 2016-2017 nominatoin forms. 

Congratulations to the 2016 SAL Impact Award recipients

  • Stanford Asian American Activism Committee
    for Leaving a Legacy
  • Stanford Spoken Word Collective and The Happiness Collective
    for Capturing the Spirit 
  • Black Feminist Collective
    for Inspiring Innovation 
  • Muslim Student Union
    for Building Bridges  
  • Dr. Alejandro Martinez and Sarah Truebe
    for Advisor of the Year

James W. Lyons Award

Awarded to individual students by the Dean of Student Life and Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Lyons Award winners standing with Jim Lyons
May 2015: Students pose with James Lyons at the awards dinner held in their honor at the Stanford Faculty Club
Photo by Joy Leighton/Student Affairs


To recognize and honor current students of the Stanford community for service and contributions made through a variety of departments, teams, clubs, residences and community projects on and off-campus.


Service contributions that are above the normal level of dedication, in areas or situations of extraordinary need, and that result in substantial positive change.

Nominations are now closed for the 2015-2016 academic year. Check back in Winter Quarter 2017 for 2016-2017 forms. 

Congratulations to the 2016 Jim Lyons recipients

    • Gabriel Badica - PhD Student
    • Sarah Sadlier - Class of 2016
    • Kunal Sangani - Class of 2016
    • Lauren Wedekind - Class of 2016

    A dinner will be held in thier honor on Wednesday, May 25 at the Stanford Faculty Club where the awards wil be given. Jim Lyons, former dean of Student Life and award namesake, Chris Griffith, the dean of Student Life, as well as Greg Boardman, vice provost for Student Affairs, will speak to thank the students for their leadership and service to the community.