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Student Involvement and Leadership Awards 

Honoring the Contributions of Individuals and Groups 
that BuilCommunity and Create Change at MSU Denver

The annual Student Involvement and Leadership Awards (SILA) sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) recognizes our students for their leadership, academic performance, and social change contributions through: Student Organizations, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Equity Programming, and Overall Leadership. Each year, students and groups are recognized for their outstanding contributions to MSU Denver.

2021 Virtual Award Ceremony

Friday, April 30th | 5:00 PM | Live Stream

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2021 SILA Awards

Online Nominations Due Date: Midnight on Thursday, April 1st

If you have questions, please email



Outstanding Student Leader of the Year:

The "Outstanding Student Leader of the Year" award recognizes an MSU Denver student leader that embodies a deep commitment to the CADRE (Community, Access, Diversity, Respect, and Entrepreneurship) Core Values. Furthermore, this award's recipient has balanced high academic achievement with significant leadership responsibility within their respective campus or community-based organization. Students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA, served as a leader in co-curricular programs (campus or community), and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in their leadership roles.


The "Lean on Me" Award:

The "Lean on Me" Award recognizes one student leader at MSU Denver that exhibits the most extraordinary spirit of advocacy and empathy, a commitment to supporting their peers, and a dedication to serving others in their community. Students must have a minimum 2.8 GPA, demonstrate a history of supporting their peers over the past year, and an unwavering commitment to social justice.


The "Rising Star" Award:

This award is reserved for students that possess significant leadership potential. The "Rising Star" Award recognizes a first or second year MSU Denver student that has demonstrated a substantial commitment towards developing their leadership skills, serving their community, and striving for excellence early on in their student career. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have served as a member of at least one campus- or community-based organization.


Stephen M. Hay Leadership Award:

Named for the late Stephen M. Hay, this award is given to an outstanding student who’s worked to create meaningful change in the lives of other students at MSU Denver. Students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA, involvement in co-curricular programs, and a demonstrated commitment to increase student activism on campus.


Presented to registered Student Organizations at MSU Denver in good standing as of March 1, 2021.


New Student Organization of the Year:

Presented to an organization in its first year of existence. The organization should bring something unique to campus life, demonstrate healthy risk-taking opportunities, and make a positive impact on the campus community.


Event of the Year:

The event of the year award is presented to organizations for events that: a) provided opportunities for students to learn about themselves and others, b) gave students the primary role in planning, implementation, promotion and evaluation of the event, and c) promoted a sense of campus community and school spirit.


Student Organization Advisor of the Year:

Presented to the MSU Denver faculty or staff member who has shown exemplary support to students and gone above and beyond the minimal responsibilities of the student organization advisor position. Through commitment to students, this mentor sets an example and works as an advocate for students among faculty and administration.


Outstanding Student Organization Member:

This award is given to an individual who demonstrates special commitment and leadership to the organization. In nominating individuals, think of those members who will be difficult to replace due to their energy, efforts, or willingness to help move the organization forward. These individuals set an example for others to follow and help inspire others in the organization to get more involved.


Roadrunner Spirit Award:

These awards are given to student groups for programs and leadership that may not   fit into a traditional category or criteria. Examples include student organizations that have collaborated in unique and different way and student organizations that have taken a programmatic risk or challenged tradition.


Student Organization of the Year:

Presented to the organization distinguishing itself as an example organization for others to follow.   


Selected by the Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) Team, awards are presented to recognized Fraternities and Sororities based on the chapter's submission of the Rise Accreditation. The Rise Accreditation program is to ensure that recognized fraternity and sorority chapters at MSU Denver are meeting the expectations of what it means to be a part of this community. The CMEI FSL believes that as one chapter excels it also helps to rise the rest of the community. All our FSL chapters have the opportunity to continually grow and improve; achieving the goals they set for themselves in each of the following areas below and to provide congruence with the commonly shared values of fraternities and sororities.

Academic Excellence



Campus Involvement




Lifetime Loyalty


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