Lakehead Leader Recognition Program

 

 

 Lakehead Leader includes: Leadership & Innovation, Academic Excellence, Diversity & Inclusion, Community Engagement, Sustainability

The Lakehead Leader Recognition Program has been developed upon the principles of Lakehead University’s motto: Achievement Through Effort, as well as our institution’s Mission, Vision and Strategic and Academic Plans. 

Lakehead Leaders and Lakehead Luminaries are engaged contributors both on-campus and within their communities, they recognize and celebrate diversity and inclusivity, and they strive to achieve academic excellence. Students who exemplify these qualities may now be recognized as Lakehead Leaders and Luminaries - designations that will receive Co-Curricular credit and a certificate of achievement. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Rising Star, Lakehead Leader, and a Lakehead Luminary?

Lakehead Leaders have demonstrated exemplary achievement in one or more of the “Five Qualities of a Lakehead Leader.” 

Rising Stars have demonstrated exemplary leadership potential through a high level of commitment to one or more of the categories of the “Five Qualities of a Lakehead Leader.” 

Lakehead Luminaries have demonstrated exceptional leadership in two or more of the “Five Qualities of a Lakehead Leader.” 

 

What will Lakehead Leaders, Rising Stars, and Lakehead Luminaries receive?

Recipients of the Lakehead Leader, Rising Stars, and Luminary awards will receive recognition at an awards ceremony where they will be presented with a Certificate of Achievement. The award winners will also receive credit on their Co-Curricular Record, provided they add the designation to their record.

How are the “Five Qualities of a Lakehead Leader” defined and what is the criteria for each category?

Academic Excellence: Exemplified by a student who demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the highest quality of scholarly activity, workmanship, integrity, accountability and responsibility in their academic pursuits, to the best of their abilities.

  • Demonstrates highest quality of scholarly activity, workmanship, integrity, responsibility

  • Is an "unconventional and passionate thinker"

  • Demonstrates a commitment to academic pursuits beyond the "classroom" (independent research, support of peers, participation in case competitions, academic clubs and groups)

  • Demonstrates understanding of broader connection between academic research and the real world applications - "going beyond the classroom"

Diversity & Inclusion: Exemplified by students who have made a special effort to grow and develop our community’s understanding, support and acceptance of diverse people, cultures, traditions, values and abilities.

  • Contributes to the growth and development of our community’s acceptance of diversity and inclusion 

  • Appropriately challenges the unfair, unjust or uncivil behaviour of other individuals or groups

  • Develops an informed perspective on issues of culture, ethnicity, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation

  • Actively develops/implements activities that promote diversity within the Lakehead and broader community

Citizenship & Community Engagement: Exemplified by students who demonstrate a passion for and strong belief in student leadership and/or giving back to the community whether it be, on campus or within the local or national community or even globally.

  • Demonstrates sense of social justice and/or care for the 'greater' community

  • Through action demonstrates belief in “giving back to the community” either on or off campus

  • Demonstrates ability to work collaboratively with peers, faculty and staff, and community members

  • Employs/utilizes interpersonal skills in support of collaborative efforts

Innovation: Exemplified by students who are “unconventional and passionate thinkers” who use their creative perspective to build and shape innovative programs and/or projects and inspire others.

  • Is an “unconventional and passionate thinker” with a creative perspective to build and shape innovative programs or projects while inspiring others

  • Demonstrates ability to work collaboratively with peers, University staff and Faculty

  • Employs/utilizes interpersonal skills in support of collaborative efforts

  • Works with others to achieve group goals or a shared vision 

 

Sustainability: Exemplified by students who demonstrate a deep understanding and passion for issues surrounding sustainability. They not only apply sustainable living concepts to their own lives but also take action to educate others on the implementation of sustainability on personal and community scales.

At minimum, your nomination should speak to how the nominee:

  • Has contributed to furthering sustainability efforts at Lakehead and/or in the broader community

  • Demonstrates a passion for the promotion of a wider understanding and adoption of sustainability concepts and practices in their community

  • Has developed an informed perspective and led by example on issues surrounding sustainability

  • Has actively developed/implemented educational and/or advocacy activities surrounding sustainability

Can any student be nominated from either campus? 

Yes. Nominations are open to all current undergraduate and graduate students. Eligible students can be full-time or part-time. Students from both campuses can be nominated. Students in any year of study can be nominated.

Who can nominate a student?

Any Lakehead student, staff or faculty member can nominate a current student. If a nominator doesn't meet this criteria, please connect with the Student Success Centre to discuss if an exception can be made. 

E: ssc@lakeheadu.ca

P: 807-343-8018

Is there a deadline to nominate someone?

The deadline to submit a nomination for the 2024-2025 Lakehead Leader Awards is to be determined. Please check back or contact the Student Success Centre for more information. 

E:  
ssc@lakeheadu.ca

P:  807-343-8018

How do I nominate someone for the Lakehead Leader, Rising Star, or Lakehead Luminary awards?

To nominate a deserving student leader for a Lakehead Leader Award, the nominator must complete and submit an online “Nomination Form”.

Lakehead Luminary & Rising Star Awards are selected by the Lakehead Leader Awards Selection Committee and are awarded based on the information provided in their nomination form(s) following our selection criteria (listed above) and program guidelines. 


Important Note:

In order to be an approved Lakehead Leader Award recipient, the Office of Student Affairs must complete a Student Conduct record check on our nominees. If a nominee does have a student code of conduct infraction, this may impact their eligibility to receive an award.

For more information regarding student conduct, please see the link attached Student Code of Conduct


If you have questions about the selection process, please contact ssc@lakeheadu.ca .

 

Who will review the nominations and select recipients?

A review committee will consist of a variation of Lakehead students & staff, and a LUSU representative (if available). The recommended recipients list is provided to the Director, Student Success for final approval.

Important Note:

In order to be an approved Lakehead Leader Award recipient, the Office of Student Affairs must complete a Student Conduct record check on our nominees. If a nominee does have a student code of conduct infraction, this may impact their eligibility to receive an award.

For more information regarding student conduct, please see the link attached Student Code of Conduct

When and where will the Lakehead Leaders/Luminaries be recognized?

The 2024-2025 Lakehead Leader Awards date is currently to be determined. Please check back in the new year for updates.

Who can I contact should I have further questions?

Please contact the Student Success Centre.

E:  ssc@lakeheadu.ca

P:  807-343-8018