Three seniors awarded SAA’s Outstanding Achievement Award

Graduating seniors GHAWAYNE CALVIN, LIZA HAFNER and MARÍA VALENTINA SUÁREZ-NIETO have been awarded the Stanford Alumni Association (SAA) Outstanding Achievement Award.

Ghawayne Calvin

Created in 2011, the Outstanding Achievement Award is given to J.E. Wallace Sterling Award finalists. These top seniors have made significant contributions to the campus community with undergraduate activities that demonstrate potential for continued service to the university and the alumni community. Faculty and staff nominate students for this award.

Liza Hafner

Calvin has been recognized for his work to further equity in health care and commitment to underserved students. He has served in leadership positions for a range of organizations, including the Stanford Black Pre-Medical Organization and Sexual Health Peer Resource Center.

Since 2018, Hafner has served as the student director for 5-SURE on Foot, a team serving the Stanford community by monitoring situations during party nights.  This year, Hafner led a shift in the organization and took on distributing essential personal protective equipment to students and making sure they were aware of and educated on the importance of physical distancing and wearing face coverings.

María Valentina Suárez-Nieto

A first-generation student from Colombia, Suárez-Nieto has assumed leadership and volunteer roles to help underserved and underrepresented groups. She has served as a mentor and role model to other first-generation and immigrant pre-med students and launched the Student Immigrant Empowerment Project at Stanford to create a welcoming, safe space for immigrant and undocumented students and applicants.

In addition, SAA has recognized the top 10 percent of the class with the Award of Excellence. The award honors graduating seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to the university through involvement, leadership and Stanford spirit. Faculty and staff nominate students for this honor. This year, 192 were named Award of Excellence recipients. View the full list of honorees.

The Community Impact Award recognizes outstanding graduate students. Throughout this difficult year, these 88 students fostered a sense of belonging and inspired enthusiasm among fellow grad students. They enhanced the Stanford community through leadership of a student organization, creation of an event or program or other contributions. Examples include programs that support first-generation college students, women in STEM fields, international students, academic initiatives and initiatives that support first-generation and low-income students. Faculty and staff provide nominations for this honor. View the full list of honorees.