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The Career Engagement Office (CEO) is excited to announce the recipient for the 2021 Shine Awards: Championing Professional Formation This year we're thrilled to partner with Red Night Out Awards, Lavender Graduation Awards, Graduating Students of Color Celebration Awards, and The Ignatian Leaders for the nomination process.

The Shine Awards are designed to recognize Seattle University students, supervisors or students, on-campus employers, and employer partner organizations who have dedicated efforts toward supporting the career development of students by consistently empowering them to seek meaningful experiential opportunities for work, service, and/or advanced studies with confidence, courage, and curiosity; all the while fostering practices of identity representation, equity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace. 

The awards recognize inclusive excellence in professional formation in the following categories: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student, Student Employee of the Year, Best Place to Work On Campus, and External Employer Partner of The Year.

Student Awards

Undergraduate Student Award 

This award recognizes an individual undergraduate student who has shown a commitment to social justice in professional formation. The Shine Award will be presented to an undergraduate student who is nominated by themself/staff/faculty/employer for their personal achievements, contributions to their organization/worksite, demonstrated personal and/or professional growth, and evidence of leadership grounded in personal values and shaped by their intersectional identity. The student must have participated in at least one quarter of experiential education: internship, practicum, clinical, fieldwork, part- or full-time job, study abroad, student club leadership, or community activities and involvement to be eligible. 

 

Graduate Student Award 

This award recognizes an individual graduate student who has shown a commitment to social justice in professional formation. The Shine Award will be presented to a graduate student who is nominated by themself/staff/faculty/employer for their personal achievements, contributions to their organization/worksite, demonstrated personal and/or professional growth, and evidence of leadership grounded in personal values and shaped by their intersectional identity. The student must have participated in at least one quarter of experiential education: internship, practicum, clinical, fieldwork, graduate assistantship, part- or full-time job, student club leadership, or community activities and involvement to be eligible. 

 

On-Campus Student Employee of The Year 

Student employees are an integral part of the Seattle University community and bring exceptional talents to our campus work environments. This award recognizes and honors an individual student employee for their contributions to an on-campus team, department, office, and overall university community. The Award will be presented to a student who is nominated by themself/staff/faculty/on-campus employer for their demonstrated enthusiasm, dedication, initiative, exceptional quality of work, leadership in social justice by actively dismantling institutional bias and promoting equity and belonging in the workplace. The student must have participated in at least one quarter of on-campus student employment in the current academic year. Any student in the University’s student payroll (hourly, work-study, non-work-study, and/or graduate assistantship, etc.) is eligible. (Remote student employees are also eligible.) 

Supervisor | Department | External Organization Awards

Supervisor of the Year of Student Employees 

Best Place to Work On-Campus Student Employer 

External Employer Partner of The Year

The Shine Awards recognize a supervisor, on-campus department of student employees, and an external employer who goes above and beyond to exemplify the mission and values of Seattle University's professional formation regarding student employment. Supervision of on-campus student employees offers students career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills relevant in any career, and better preparation for post-graduation aspirations.

The supervisor must have supervised one or more student employees for at least one quarter in the current academic year. Supervisors managing student employees remotely are eligible. 

The awards also recognize an on-campus department or office and an external employer. Student employment offers students career-enhancing opportunities, the ability to develop skills relevant in any career, and better preparation for post-graduation aspirations. Departments and organizations operating remotely are eligible.

The recipients of these awards support the career development of their student employee(s) and recent graduates by consistently empowering them to gain meaningful career readiness skills and competencies. These skills are transferable to future work, service, and/or advanced studies with confidence, courage, and curiosity. The recipients are honored as leaders in the workplace in championing AccessBelongingInclusionDiversity, and Equity in career education. 

The Shine Awards aim to affirm that professional formation has always been centered in existing leadership & programming in one or more of the following ways:  

  • Providing meaningful experiential learning and work opportunities for students.
  • Advising students in discovering and pursuing opportunities to gain experience
  • Supporting students in making informed decisions aligned with their values, goals, and interests
  • Helping students articulate their career competencies and career options
  • Modeling innovative and progressive practices that support equity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace
  • Displaying responsiveness, availability, concern, respect concerning a student’s experience toward professional formation
  • Maintaining and advocating for policies that support and advance representation in careers and the workplace
  • Connecting students with networks and resources