Award Descriptions

Change-Maker Award

A distinguished disrupter who has made an outsized impact on their community through work and service. Their knowledge, skills, and involvement ensure that Kent is at the forefront of pressing issues by elevating the student experience, inspiring impactful research efforts, or leading community-driven initiatives.

Excellence In Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Award

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge, and skills required to equitably engage and include people from various cultures. Engage in practices that actively challenge the systems and structures of racism, oppression, and that limit inclusion and accessibility.

Sunshine & Positivity Award

Knowing work environments differ greatly, this award is given to the individual who always brightens the day of others. They understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.

Inspirational Leadership Award

Demonstrated a positive impact on others and an ability to recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals. These leaders can motivate, energize, and bring passion and connection into their work environment.

Outstanding Supervisor Award

The university celebrates supervisors who go above and beyond the call of duty to engage and develop their student employees. They create a culture of engagement that includes supporting the development of team members and sending a strong, consistent message of respect, empathy, and trust.