Annual Student Leadership Gala
Each year, Student Involvement, Associated Students, the Solidarity Network (Associated Students César E. Chávez Community Action Center, Black Leadership and Opportunity Center, Center for Asian Pacific Islander Student Empowerment, Chicanx/Latinx Student Success Center, Gender Equity Center, MOSAIC Cross Cultural Center, Native American/Indigenous Student Success Center, PRIDE Center, UndocuSpartan Resource Center, Wellness and Health Promotion), and Student Union, Inc. come together to celebrate student leadership on a campus-wide scale.
The 13th Annual Student Leadership Gala will be held on May 7, 2024 in the Student Union Ballroom. Photos from the 12th Annual Student Leadership Gala May 2, 2023 can be found here!
Past Award Recipients
Congratulations to our 2023 Award Winners! You can view a list of nominees and recipients for each of the awards given at the 12th Annual Student Leadership Gala below. The categories are in the following order:
- Vice President for Student Affairs Award for Exmplary Leadership and Service
- Solidarity Network Recognition
- A.S. 55 Award
- Associated Students Board of Directors Recognition
- Student Union Board of Directors Recognition
- Student Organization Awrads
- Program Awards
- Operations Awards
- Individual Awards
- Best in Category Awards
- Fraternity and Sorority Awards
- Leadership and Career Certificate Program Recognition
Vice President for Student Affairs Award for Exemplary Leadership and Service
This honor is awarded to an SJSU student who has displayed exemplary leadership skills throughout their SJSU career. Recipient must be a currently enrolled student with junior or senior class standing, minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, and a minimum of two years of leadership engagement.
Solidarity Network Recogntion
The Solidarity Network is a coalition of various centers and campus partners within SJSU Student Affairs that fosters student leadership through their identities and a social justice foundation. The students recognized during this event have consistently contributed to these Centers by going above and beyond in their leadership and advocacy.
A.S. 55 Awards
The A.S. 55 Award is a recognition of distinction for student leaders who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to San José State University and who continually give back to the community. Up to 12 students will be chosen by the A.S. 55 Selection Committee to receive the award each year.
A.S. Board of Directors Reccognition
The Associated Students Board of Directors is the official body representing and the voice of over 35,000 students at SJSU - they champion for students and actively work to make sure every Spartan gets the most out of their college experience.
Student Union Board of Directors Recognition
There are 14 members of the Student Union Board of Directors, with nine of those members being student director positions. These students are charged with managing three buildings on campus: The Diaz Compean Student Union, the Provident Credit Union Event Center, and Spartan Recreation and Aquatic Center in addition to supporting Student Union events and programs.
Student Organization Program Awards
Each year, peers and advisors are invited to nominate organizations for specific awards, which are categorized into the following areas: Program Awards, Operations Awards, Individual Awards, Best in Category Awards, and Fraternity and Sorority Awards.
Outstanding Educational Program
Outstanding Engagement Program
Outstanding Service Program
Program of the Year
Student Organization Operations Awards
Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Executive Board of the Year
Collaboration of the Year
Marketing of the Year
Developing Leaders Award
Excellence in Fundraising
Student Organization Individual Awards
Advisor of the Year
Member of the Year
President of the Year
Student Organization Best in Category Awards
New Organization of the Year
Academic/Honorary Organization of the Year
Cultural/Religious Organization of the Year
Special Interest Organization of the Year
Club Sport of the Year
Student Organization of the Year
Fraternity and Sorority Awards
Fraternity of the Year
Sorority of the Year
Leadership and Career Certificate Program Recognition
This program is a semester-long experience that engages students in a variety of critical concepts, professional development resources, and many opportunities for further exploration. By reflecting on the connections between their experiences and the content they are learning, these students have demonstrated their impressive ability and willingness to take charge of their own leadership journeys.