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Student Affairs Staff Awards

The annual Student Affairs Staff Awards at UC San Diego are designed to encourage Student Affairs team members to showcase their work, celebrate each other, and recognize the creativity and student-centered innovation that consistently emanates from our division.

As with all of our work in Student Affairs, the Staff Awards are based on the pillars of the VCSA Strategic Plan, EDI Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence, and the EVC Collective Impact Initiatives.

Winners are announced each year at the Student Affairs Fall All-Staff meeting in October.

2022 Student Affairs Staff Awards Winners

Student Experience "Student First Award 2022"

Generated a student-centered transformation to maximize our vibrant and engaging community through partnerships with the colleges and Graduate Division.

  • Triton Esports Center Team, Recreation

  • Tessa Opperman, Recreation

Student Success “Student Advocate Award 2022”

Inspired students to discover meaningful connections, explore their interests, and participate in co-curricular experiences while pursuing their degrees in a timely manner.

  • Study Abroad Advising Team, Global Initiatives

  • Andy Hoffman, Center for Student Involvement

Well-Being “Triton Health Award 2022”

Cultivated an environment of well-being that empowers our campus community to establish and sustain healthy practices.

  • COVID-19 Specialist Team, Student Affairs Case Management

  • Kia Neri, University Centers

Inclusion and Equity “Equity Matters Award 2022”

Advanced an inclusive culture and equitable practices and outcomes.

  • ART of Inclusive Communication Workgroup, Center for Student Involvement

  • Jessica Ison, VCSA Human Resources

Community Partnership “Team Player Award 2022”

Developed, engaged, and sustained purposeful and meaningful partnerships that reimagine student centeredness.

  • APIMED Symposium Committee

  • Adam Weaver, University Centers

Collective Impact “Erasing the Opportunity Gap 2022”

An initiative that leveraged and enhanced the disparate mentoring, training, and support systems at UC San Diego that have jointly improved the experience, climate, and performance for all of our students, staff, and faculty.

  • Assessment, Evaluation, and Organizational Development, VCSA Office

  • The Hub Basic Needs Center, Student Life

Winners of this year’s awards were announced at our Student Affairs Fall All-Staff meeting on October 25, 2022, and received a special shout-out from the Student Affairs Leadership Team, a celebration lunch with VC Satterlund, and a special token of appreciation.


Staff Awards History

At the recommendation of Vice Chancellor Alysson Satterlund, the annual Student Affairs Staff Awards program was initially conceptualized during the 2020-21 academic year in order to acknowledge the exceptional work of our team members in response to challenges posed by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Student Affairs Staff Awards recipients and presenters at the inaugural awards ceremony on November 3, 2021.



2021 Student Affairs Staff Awards

Student Experience "Student First Award 2021"

  • University Centers (Operations, Custodial, Maintenance), Student Life
  • University Events Office, Student Life

Student Success "Student Advocate Award 2021"

  • Grace Fuller, International Students & Programs Office
  • Transfer Peer Coaches, Student Retention & Success

Well-Being "Triton Health Award 2021"

  • Vaccine Site Team, Recreation
  • Ana Bowens, Case Management Services

Inclusion and Equity "Equity Matters Award 2021"

  • CASP Team, Student Retention & Success
  • James Galvin, Study Abroad

Community Partnership "Team Player Award 2021"

  • Ruth Newmark, Friends of the International Center
  • Student Conduct Office

Collective Impact Award "Erasing the Opportunity Gap 2021"

  • Students with Dependents Team, Case Management Services
  • Summer Bridge Team, Student Retention & Success