Student Promoting Advocacy and Redefining Community Award

Sam Alavi, recipient of the 2016 Student Promoting Advocacy and Redefining Community Award.

Sam Alavi, recipient of the 2016 Student Promoting Advocacy and Redefining Community Award.

This award recognizes a rising student activist that has displayed a passion for engagement across multiple communities. The SPARC Award is presented annually by the Campus Community Centers, in homage to a rising student leader that has displayed advocacy for one or more communities.

ACTIVIST (n) ak-tuh-vist: An agent of social change

ADVOCACY (v) add-vo-ka-cee: Any action that speaks in favor of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others

  • The recipient of the Student Promoting Advocacy and Redefining Community Award will receive $500.00.
  • Selection Criteria and Nominee/Applicant Requirements:
    • A student's overall contribution to the campus and community is the primary criterion considered. Nominees should be widely recognized as leaders held in high esteem by other students. They must have made a significant contribution through participation in campus or community service. Evidence of socially responsible, ethical and outstanding leadership either in specific positions of responsibility or while engaged in service activities are indicators of a nominee's qualifications for the award.
    • Must be a UC Davis student enrolled full time.
    • Must have attended UC Davis for a minimum of two consecutive quarters.
    • Must be in good academic standing at the end of fall quarter 2016.
  • Nominations are due February 26, 2017. (Self-nominations are accepted.)
  • Applications will be accepted for all eligible nominees between March 3–17, 2017.
    • Application prompt: “Please address all of the following questions in your short essay: What does advocacy mean to you and how, if at all, have you demonstrated advocacy? Tell us about the communities you have advocated on behalf of/with and what prompted you to do so. Please describe how you intend to grow as an advocate while completing your degree at UC Davis.”
  • Applicants must also secure and submit a letter of recommendation by March 17, 2017.