“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

In the chaos of this past year—COVID, wildfires, hurricanes, political and social unrest—finding something to be grateful for can seem like a daunting task…until we take a moment to look around at those who have helped carry us through. Colleagues, peers, mentors, students, friends and family—we wouldn’t be where we are today without the support, energy, and inspiration of those that surround us.

Help recognize and celebrate those you are most grateful for. Do you know a NIRSA member who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in their volunteer service or professional role? Do you know an engaged and dedicated student deserving of an accolade? Do you know an individual continually striving for a diverse and inclusive community for all?

Show your appreciation by nominating an individual (or group) for a NIRSA award; take a moment to be grateful for all that they have accomplished or the support they have provided, either to you personally or to others you know.

Deadlines are quickly approaching for NIRSA awards. Visit the links below to learn more about each award’s selection criteria, eligibility, and application or nomination requirements—and submit your nominations!

November 16 deadline

November 30 deadline

January 7 deadline

Creative Excellence Awards – Recognizing outstanding marketing and advertising materials published by the NIRSA membership.

Applications will open on Monday, November 16 and be due Thursday, January 7. New category for this year: COVID Communication Campaign.

This is a strong, resilient community full of amazing humans (and don’t forget you are one of them). If you’ve considered nominating a deserving NIRSA member for a NIRSA award, now is the time. Practice a little gratitude and submit a nomination today!


  • For more information, please contact NIRSA Leadership Programs Coordinator Chelsea Hansson.
Leadership Programs Coordinator at NIRSA | NIRSA Profile

Chelsea Hansson is the Leadership Programs Coordinator at NIRSA.