Students, organizations, advisers recognized for service activities

From left, Kunal Sangani, Lauren E. Wedekind, James Lyons, Sarah A. Sadlier and Gabriela Badica
From left, Kunal Sangani, Lauren E. Wedekind, James Lyons, Sarah A. Sadlier and Gabriela Badica (Photo credit: Susan Simoni Burk)

Four students have received the 2016 James W. Lyons Award for Service. The award, named in honor of JAMES LYONS, a former dean of students, recognizes students who make exceptional contributions to the university through a variety of activities.

Also awarded recently were the Student Activities and Leadership (SAL) Campus Impact Awards, which are given to student groups and advisers to student organizations.

The 2016 recipients of the award are GABRIELA BADICA, a graduate student studying Iberian and Latin American cultures; SARAH A. SADLIER, a senior majoring in American studies, history and Iberian and Latin American cultures; KUNAL SANGANI, a senior majoring in computer science and in economics and LAUREN E. WEDEKIND, a senior majoring in human biology.

Lyons, who served as dean of students from 1972 to 1990, joined current Dean of Students CHRISTINE GRIFFITH and Vice Provost for Student Affairs GREG BOARDMAN at an awards dinner at the Stanford Faculty Club on May 25.

Badica was recognized for her service as social co-chair of the Graduate Student Council, organizing graduate student events such as orientation and the grad formal. Badica was described as approaching her role “with an infectious enthusiasm and can-do spirit” and was praised for her “persistent and fierce advocacy” of graduate student issues.

Sadlier was recognized for her leadership and advocacy of the Native American community on campus and beyond. She worked as a research assistant on the Cantor Arts Center’s “The Art and Artifacts of the Battle of Little Bighorn” and the “Red Horse” exhibits and served as co-chair of this year’s annual Stanford Powwow. Sadlier was praised for her “inexhaustible efforts and contributions within the History Department community as editor-in-chief of both the Herodotus and Cutting Edge journals as well as her leadership and service to the Political Science Honor Society, Cap and Gown Honor Society, University Academic Council and Humanities Advisory Council Board. She created the Herodotus Degler Prize in recognition of submissions that best elevate neglected voices or alternative viewpoints in historiography.

Sangani was praised for his leadership in using an OpenExchange Build It, Lead It grant to create a series on South Asian identity and social justice issues, which encouraged South Asian students to engage in dialogue on shared histories with other people of color. He played a key role in campus-wide relief efforts in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake in 2015. Sangani also was praised for his advocacy and activism on the Dalit community to shed light on its marginalization.

Wedekind was recognized for her “passion regarding human rights and global health that inspired students to serve as health advocates” and for her leadership within the Natives in Medicine student organization. Wedekind also was praised for her “dedication and drive within the world of service, highlighted by spearheading the university-wide initiative for Stop Hunger Now events.”


SAL Campus Impact Awards

Given by the Office of Student Activities and Leadership, the SAL Campus Impact Awards honor organizations for their contributions in four categories: “Building Bridges,” “Inspiring Innovation,” “Leaving a Legacy” and “Capturing the Spirit.” The recognition went to:



This year for the first time, the Student Activities awarded Advisor of the Year Awards to two individuals who have “gone above and beyond to support a student organization.” ALEJANDRO MARTINEZ, an associate dean of students and a lecturer in the Graduate School of Education, was nominated by The Bridge Peer Counseling Center and Continue, a suicide prevention program. SARAH TRUEBE, director of community-engaged learning in environmental sustainability and a lecturer in the Earth systems program, was nominated for the Advisor of the Year Award by Students for a Sustainable Stanford.