Individual Student Leadership Awards

Individual Student Awards. Banner depicting a student and UTM Principal Krull.

Individual Student Leadership Awards

The Centre for Student Engagement offers nine Individual Student Leadership Awards. To learn more about each award's description, eligibility, and selection criteria for the current academic year, please click the title of each award below. These awards celebrate student involvement and leadership in UTM's values as well as impact on the UTM community. 

Applications for the current academic year are now open. The deadline is Friday February 18th, 2022, at 11:59 pm. 

Individual Student Leadership Award Descriptions

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How To Apply 

An award package consists of an applicant form, a referee form, and your co-curricular record (CCR).

For the award(s) you would like to be considered for, please fill in the appropriate  application form from the list below and e-mail your referee the Referee Form with the first page completed. 

Principal's Award of Excellence in Student Leadership

Laura Krajewski Student Mentorship Award

UTM Emerging Leader Award 

UTM Student Leadership Award in Advancing Justice for Indigenous Communities  

UTM Student Leadership Award in:

  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Global and Intercultural Engagement
  • Leadership Development
  • Sustainability
  • Zeynab Asadi Lari Healthy Campus Award 

Complete the general form for these awards:

General Application Form
General Referee Form

Referees must e-mail the complete Awards Submission Package as email attachments to No late, incomplete, or paper applications will be accepted. 

Tips for Preparing Your Application

  • Review the applicant form in full and reach out to an appropriate referee to complete the referee form. Eligible referrees change depending on the award.  

  • Read through the Award Description to help you appropriately fill in your applicant form.  

  • Work closely with your referee to provide them with the necessary information and completed materials to submit. This includes providing your referee with the Award Description to help them fill in their referee form. 

  • Do not attach resumes or any other supplementary material as these will not be considered.

  • If you have any additional questions or would like an one-on-one consultation, please email

2020-2021 Award Recipients 

Principal's Award of Excellence in Student Leadership

Headshot of Award Recipient A'aishah

Abdul Hameed 

Throughout her undergraduate career, A’aishah has demonstrated outstanding commitment, professionalism, and enthusiasm to enhancing student life. She has held leadership roles with the Wellness Ambassadors Program, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre, Sociology and Criminology Society, and the University of Toronto Canadian Mock Trial Board. She is most proud of her contributions to university governance by serving as a Governing Council member on the Academic Board and Committee on Academic Policy and Programs. 


Headshot of Award Recipient Alesia
Piyumi Perera 

Alesia is extremely honored to have played a part in changing the mental health landscape at UTM throughout her academic career. She is most proud of her contributions as Co-Founder and Vice-President of UTM, as an Orientation Leader with UTMSU, as a Support Assistant for the Accessibility Resource Centre and as a Volunteer Ambassador for the Health and Counselling Centre.


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Summary coming soon! 

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Avery Lam-Tong
Avery Lam-Hong is most proud of being able to persevere and take on new opportunities regardless of the limitations during these unprecedented times. Instead of allowing these obstacles to define his university experience, he has overcome those challenges by continuing to seek out campus involvement and give back to the UTM community whenever possible, such as through his time as the Group Advising Team Leader for the International Education Centre.


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Brianna Victoria 

Summary coming soon! 

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Devon Beauvais-Holt
Devon has held many leadership positions during her undergraduate career at UTM, many of which have involved using her creative passions to connect and engage with the campus community, including her chair and committee member roles with the Artistic Resource Team, and as a First-Year Blogger for the Centre for Student Engagement. Devon made significant contributions to the residence community by serving as a Residence Don for two years and most recently as a Community Assistant.


Headshot of Award Recipient Eleen

Eleen Gong
Eleen was a Social Innovation Project leader with the Centre for Student Engagement overseeing 3 projects, VP Academics with the ICCIT Council, and an upper year mentor to second-year CCIT students. She not only strives for academic excellence but also seeks to bring about new initiatives by involving students, faculty, industry professionals, and the surrounding community to further add-on to the diversification of the UTM community. Her goal is to continue to create opportunities that may bridge the gap between in-class knowledge and real-world practical experiences. In this year, Eleen has brought about various new initiatives such as the “Industry Meet & Greet Series” and “Feature Fridays” that has provided the UTM community with opportunities to network with professionals and share their voices. 

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Jayaditya Kedia
Jayaditya championed the novel ICCIT Student Mentorship Program 2020/21 whilst serving as the Director of Finance & Logistics and CRO for the DEM Association, winning the UTMSU Club of the Year Award. Being an international student, Jay wanted to ensure UTM was a respectful and inclusive community for all students. Therefore, Jayaditya worked as a UTM Engage & Co-Curricular Records Assistant with the Centre for Student Engagement as well as the events coordinator for UTM STEM Fellowship. Jayaditya believes it's not easy to identify the challenges a student faces, which requires us to reflect on our experiences and learning to make a difference in the community. Jayaditya has been dedicated to enhancing student life from his first year by volunteering with Accessibility services and being a Project Leader during the Alternate Reading Week.


Headshot of Award Recipient Munaam

Munaam Naveed 
Throughout her time at UTM, Munaam Naveed has significantly contributed to creating an inclusive and positive UTM community through her various leadership and mentorship roles. While working as a student staff with the Centre for Student Engagement for the past four years, Munaam was able to support the personal and professional growth of many students as she helped them gain the confidence, exposure, experience, skills and knowledge to get involved and become leaders.

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Sanjna Gogna
Sanjna's most meaningful leadership role has been her involvement with UTM Best Buddies, in which she has advocated for disability awareness and allyship.

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Tolib (Tulip) Marawi
As President of the Erindale Biology Society, Tulip has excelled in leadership development, collaboration, and innovation as she committed to supporting UTM undergraduate students with exploring post-graduate career opportunities, connecting with practicing professionals in diverse fields, networking with UTM faculty members, and engaging with research posters and oral presentations. Tulip has lead over 25 virtual events and collaborated with over 10 partners to foster a rich academic experience for Biology students.



Laura Krajewski Student Mentorship Award 

Headshot of Award Recipient Amna Adnan

Amna Adnan

Amna's unwavering commitment to personal growth has led her through close to a dozen programs from mentee to mentor, having been an active volunteer and work-study student on campus for her five year university career. Her most signifncant contirbutions have been through the Centre for Student Engagement, where she has had the opportunity to hold mentor fellow students in postitions as Launch Leader, Team Leader for two portfolios, and being student mentee through UTM Lead. By far, she considers her greatest acihevement at UTM to be the growth she has been able to in others and the confidence she has helped them to find within themselves!

Zeynab Asadi Lari Healthy Campus Award 

Headshot of Award Recipient Arumitha

Arumitha Sasiharan

Arumitha Sasiharan is a third year Anthropology student and member of the UTM Wellness Ambassadors program, working towards wellness at the university through design and content creation. Some events she has worked on this year for health awareness and student wellness include Be Well UTM, Exam Jam, and weekly Self-care Thursday posts for @utmhccwellness. 

UTM Emerging Student Leader Award 

Headshot of Award Recipient Himanshi

Himanshi Singhvi
Himanshi is grateful to have been able to get involved in a variety of campus activities such as LAUNCH, Language Conversation Circles, mentorship programs, the peer support program, and STEAM days. These experiences allowed her to engage with and contribute to the UTM community virtually and she hopes to be able to do in person soon. 

Headshot of Award Recipient Mariela Sol

Mariela Sol
Torroba Hennigen

Although Mariela's first year of university was an atypical experience, Mariela is proud to look back and see involvement with so many, different virtual on-campus activities this past school year. Whether it was through the IEC's Canada, Eh? program, the Catholic Students Club's faith studies, or the HCC's wellness events, these experiences provided Mariela with opportunities to get to know the UTM community, learn about how to get more involved in future years, and make meaningful connections with other staff and students.

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Meshach Homer
Meshach is proud of all his contributions to the UTM community thus far and he appreciates all the opportunities that UTM continues to provide as it helps to broaden his understanding of the world. He is excited to explore more opportunities at UTM in his upper years.

UTM Student Leadership Award In...

Headshot of Award Recipient Kaeliana Smoke

Advancing Justice for Indigenous Communities to 
Kaeliana Smoke

Kaeliana has created and facilitated a range of programs over the years, but her proudest is the creation of the social media campaign for Orange Shirt Day. As her grandmother was a residential school survivor, being able to do such a campaign was very close to her heart as it is important to her to share the history and legacy of residential school but also share the stories of Residential School survivors and their families.


Headshot of Award Recipient Joshua

Equity and
Inclusion to 
Joshua Dingani Mvunga

Joshua is grateful to contribute towards research in professor Doug VanderLaan’s lab that has aimed to capture the lived experiences of BIPOC trans youth. He hopes this research can provide more resources for the trans community and add to the limited research about BIPOC trans youth in academia.

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Global and Intercultural Engagement to 
Andi Darell Alhakim

A Lester B. Pearson Scholar, Andi Darell has been an active contributor to student programming at UTM through the International Education Centre (IEC) and in a tri-campus scope at Hart House. Heading into his final year, Andi Darell is the incoming Team Lead of Intercultural Programs at IEC and Co-Chair of the Hart House Debates & Dialogue Committee.


Headshot of Award Recipient Saumya

Leadership Development to Saumya Mathur

As a 4th year student in Comparative Physiology, Neuroscience, and Chemistry, Saumya feels most accomplished by her involvement with the Department of Biology as a Teaching Assistant and through her work with the Erindale Biology Society in undergraduate mentorship and events management. As a passionate leader, she is also heavily involved in student affairs departments such as UTM Admissions and Student Housing and Residence Life to support professional and academic development of both current and prospective UTM students. 

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Sustainability to
Coco Chen 

Coco has been involved in various sustainability initiatives both on and off campus and works to foster a sustainability mindset with their peers while acknowledging its inherent privilege. They continued this work throughout the pandemic, advocating for student interests as UTM Representative of UTERN and President of Zero Waste UTM.

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Sustainability to 
Lauren Ead

As this year's Associate to the Vice President Equity with the University of Toronto Mississauga Students' Union (UTMSU), Lauren spearheaded and co-facilitated the ‘Learning and Unlearning Sustainability’ seminar series to enhance student literacy on the intersectionality of environmentalism. Past talks have discussed the preservation of Indigenous languages, discrimination in healthcare, environmental justice and beyond. As a co-recipient of the Adams' Sustainability Grant, Lauren is co-leading the development of the UTMSU Seed Library which aims to provide students and community members with free access to seeds, gardening materials, community plots, and educational workshops. Lauren is also the undergraduate student representative of the UTM Principal’s Sustainability Advisory Committee (PSAC).


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