SESP Students Honored with Campus Life Awards

SESP Students Honored with Campus Life Awards

SESP students Forrest Bruce, Christine Cilento and Matthew Herndon received Campus Life Awards for significantly contributing to the improvement of the quality of student life at Northwestern during winter quarter 2016.

Each quarter the Office of Student Engagement presents Campus Life Awards to recognize students who have improved the Northwestern community through program development, bridging cultural differences or engaging students in a more inclusive campus community.


Forrest Bruce

Forrest Bruce

Graduating senior Forrest Bruce was recognized for his work collaborating across departments, student groups and local organizations to make Northwestern a more welcoming and inclusive community for Native students. As the co-president of the Native American Indigenous Students Alliance (NAISA), a One Book One Northwestern Fellow and a member of the Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force, Bruce has played a critical role in planning events, assisting with the hiring of Native faculty and helping to bring awareness to issues surrounding an underrepresented group.


Christina Cilento

Christina Cilento

Junior Christina Cilento was recognized for her activism and commitment to sustainability initiatives on campus and in the community. As the Vice President for Sustainability in Associated Student Government (ASG), a student employee in the Office of Sustainability and an engaged member of Fossil Free NU, Cilento has brought sustainability and green initiatives to the forefront of campus conversation. For example, she helped to create a sustainable events guide and a fund for student organizations to plan and implement “green” events. She has also provided students, staff, and faculty with actionable steps, working behind the scenes to make the entire campus and world a better place.


Matthew Herndon

Sustained Dialogue Group

Junior Matthew Herndon is a member of the Sustained Dialogue Leadership Team that was recognized for their pursuit of social justice and dedication to improving the Sustained Dialogue program. This program seeks to encourage conversation across lines of difference among students. Over the last year, the leadership team conducted focus groups with participants who have marginalized identities and implemented moderator trainings to ensure that dialogues remain a safe space. The team also provided opportunities to increase dialogue for students not already involved with the program. Other members of the team are Xiomara Contreras, Katherine Gladstone, Vicky Ho and Ariana Seals.


Members of the Northwestern community may nominate a student for a Campus Life Award through the Office of Student Engagement website

By Office of Student Engagement and SESP
Last Modified: 7/19/17