Students must have maintained a 3.5 grade point average and have completed their academic work in the summer or fall 2012 terms or will complete their academic work by winter 2013 to be eligible for nomination.
The awards have been given out annually since 1965, to honor the Wilson family who donated land and support to help found the university.
The annually presented Human Relations Award recognizes an Oakland graduate or graduating senior who has displayed significant leadership abilities towards advancing harmony within the university community. A student who honors and promotes diversity between various cultures, race, gender and sexuality will be an excellent recipient. Their contributions may include conflict resolution within or among groups and an increased understanding of cultures, groups and nations.
The major consideration for the Human Relations Award is the individual’s service to the campus community. Nominees must have maintained an academic record of 2.5 to apply. Students may be nominated by peers, faculty or staff and may also self-nominate.
Last year’s honorees were Maxwell VanRaaphorst, who received the Alfred J. Wilson Award, Emily Tissot, who received the Matilda R. Wilson Award, and Shakita Billy, who won the Human Relations Award.
All three students were graduating seniors and had built impressive academic, social and community-service based portfolios. The awards themselves are selected by a committee and require the approval of the vice president for academic affairs and the president.
To apply or to nominate a student, view the application for the Wilson Awards
and the Human Relations Award
. For more information, visit the Dean of Students website at oakland.edu/deanofstudents
, or call the office at (248) 370-3352.