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College Events Board (CEB)

Want to get involved with campus life and help plan, promote, and present major campus events? CEB is a student-lead programming board that plans a variety of events throughout the year including Crimson Jam, Harvard-Yale Spirit Week, Battle for Yardfest, Yardfest, and much more. Learn valuable leadership skills and focus on marketing, communications, and outreach strategies!

Learn more about CEB


Student Leadership Trainings

The SOCH team partners with offices across the College to host skill-building workshops for student leaders.  From transitioning your organization's leadership to accessibility in event planning, all student leaders are welcome to attend. For more information about upcoming workshops or to suggest a topic, contact soch@fas.harvard.edu

Student Leadership Awards

Every spring, the Dean of Students Office celebrates and recognizes individuals and student organizations across the College who demonstrate outstanding leadership and significant contributions to student life. Nominations are accepted every March and can be submitted by any member of the College community. 

See the 2021 winners

Civic Engagement Award*

Given to the first-year student who has encouraged a spirit of public service in the first-year class through individual service and a commitment to equality, benevolence, and public welfare. This student works to strengthen unity and service amongst their classmates, as well as in the larger community.

Creativity Award*

Given to the first-year student who shows exceptional talent or promise in drama, drawing, film, music, painting, photography, sculpture, writing, or in further facets of artistic expression. The student may have produced work that has contributed to the Harvard community and/or addressed issues of social justice and community betterment.

Emerging Global Leader Award*

Given to the first-year student who has demonstrated outstanding involvement and initiative in a context of internationalism at Harvard. This student shows unwavering dedication to building a stronger global community at the College by contributing to the overall academic and social experience of their classmates. In addition, he/she champions the rich, worldwide diversity in the class, and strives to make the Harvard community inclusive for all students.

First-Year Veritas Award*

Given to the first-year student who demonstrates an exceptional commitment to intellectual curiosity inside and outside the classroom. Devoted to liberal arts exploration and multidisciplinary inquiry, this student is intellectually adventurous, holds him/herself to a high standard of academic excellence and integrity in the search for truth, and encourages a vibrant and ever-aspiring learning community.

Student Organization of the Year

Given to the student organization or club sport which exemplified its stated mission and enriched student life through their programmatic efforts and make an outstanding contribution to Harvard College in areas such as education, social justice, and service. Awarded by the Office of Student Engagement.

Inclusive Recruitment Award

Given to a student organization that exemplifies inclusion and belonging in their comping and recruitment practices. Student organizations nominated for this award should emphasize continual improvement of comping and articulate a comping process that promotes wellness and community for new members. Awarded by the Office of Student Engagement.

Senior Veritas Award

Given to a senior who has shown exceptional commitment to intellectual curiosity through a thoughtful choice of academic and extracurricular activities. Through their commitment to a rigorous intellectual process, this student has shown others how to hold themselves to a high standard of excellence in their expression of ideas, encouraging a vibrant and inspirational community. 

Spirit of Harvard College Award

Given to a sophomore or junior who has shown a commitment to the ideals articulated in the mission of Harvard College and who inspires others by their example throughout their time at Harvard. This award recognizes this individual's significant campus leadership contributions to integrate the intellectual, social, and personal transformation toward the betterment of all Harvard College students.

Club Sports Athlete of the Year

2021 – 2022 Club Sport Athlete of the Year  is awarded by the Department of Harvard Athletics to the club sport athlete who has demonstrated outstanding athletic ability/talent in their respective sport and promoted the goal/mission of their organization and the overall Harvard Club Sport program. 

Harvard Foundation Insignia Award

The Harvard Foundation Insignia Award is given to a student whose efforts towards improving intercultural and race relations have had a significant and positive impact on the quality of common life for all at Harvard College. 


Harvard Foundation Distinguished Senior Award

The Harvard Foundation Distinguished Senior Award is given to members of the graduating class who have acted as outstanding campus leaders and who have demonstrated four years of sustained interest and contribution towards improving intercultural and race relations at Harvard College and beyond through service, scholarship, and/or extracurricular activities. 

Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus Award

The HGSC Award is an award of at least $1,000 that goes to a graduating senior for that individual's efforts in the field(s) of queer activism, leadership, and/or community service, all broadly defined. Founded in 1984 as the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus to advocate for Harvard University’s inclusion of sexual orientation in its non-discrimination policy, the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus (HGSC) supports LGBTQ+ Harvard alumni, students, faculty, and staff around the world with the goal of building a vibrant community, strengthening ties to the Harvard campus, and supporting social action. Awarded by HGSC and the Office of BGTLQ Student Life. Nominations for 2021 can be submitted here and are due May 1, 2021.

* Awards for first-year students


Award Nomination Process

Nominations will be accepted from any member of the College community, including, but not limited to: students, professors, tutors, proctors, teaching fellows, and deans.

To nominate a student or student organization for an award, complete the online nomination form, including:

  • General information about yourself (name and email address).
  • Name of the nominee.
  • A brief statement (suggested length 300 words) describing your nominee and how they exemplify the award criteria. Your statement should highlight the unique qualities of your nominee and answer why you believe they deserve this award.

Deadline: Friday, April 1


Deadline: Monday, April 11


Deadline: Monday, April 11

The award selection committee will review all nominations submitted by the deadline. Nominees will be contacted by the committee and asked to accept their nomination. To assist with the selection process, nominees may be asked to either meet with a member of the committee, or submit a short personal statement about experiences on campus related to the award criteria.

2021 and 2022 award winners will be recognized at a reception on Wednesday, May 4. Award winners may invite their friends, proctor/tutor, dean, and/or adviser to attend as well.