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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!

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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. 

The nominations for the 2020 Student Leadership Awards are closed.
We sharing the names of our winners every weekday from April 23 to April 30! 

See our 2020 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 working with classmates in their consideration of service to others. This student may work to strengthen unity and service on campus, as well as in the larger community, through activism or peer-counseling.

Creativity Award*

Given to the first-year student who shows unusual talent or promise in drama, drawing, film, photography, music, painting, sculpture, writing, or in further facets of the artistic medium.

Deans' Award*

Given to the first-year student who most adheres to the spirit of the First-Year Deans, one who is devoted to Harvard and actively works to make the first-year experience enriching and rewarding for all classmates, by demonstrating compassion, integrity, and respect toward individuals as well as to the academic enterprise.

First-Year Veritas Award*

Given to the first-year student who shows an exceptional commitment to intellectual curiosity through a thoughtful choice of academic and extracurricular activities. This student encourages others in the class to hold themselves to a high standard of excellence in their search for truth and expression of ideas, encouraging a vibrant and ever-aspiring learning community.

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.

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.

Thomas A. Dingman Emerging Leader Award*

Given to the first-year student who has demonstrated outstanding involvement and initiative and shows unwavering dedication to building a stronger community by contributing to the overall academic and residential experience of their classmates. This first-year student champions the rich diversity in the class, and strives to make Harvard an inclusive and supportive community.

Women's Leadership Award

Honors a Harvard College senior who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and made a meaningful impact on fellow students, the campus, and/or the community. As a result of their leadership, they have set an example that could inspire or empower women at Harvard College to assume leadership roles.

(Nomination cycle for the Women's Leadership Award has closed for Spring 2020)

* 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: Tuesday, March 31


Deadline: Friday, April 17


Deadline: Friday, April 17

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.

All award nominees will be invited to the Dean of Students Office Awards Reception, typically held in late April. Nominees may invite their friends, proctor/tutor, dean, and/or adviser to attend as well.

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