Wildcats with a Campus-Wide Impact

Nominated for their significant contributions to student life, Wildcat Impact Award winners exemplify the values of Student Affairs in their work.

The Office of Student Engagement recognizes both undergraduate and graduate winners each quarter through this award, formerly known as the Campus Life Awards. Winter 2017 nominations are open until February 15.


Marissa Esparza 2018

Marissa has exhibited stellar composure, respect for her peers, and model leadership as president of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. and as an executive board member of the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC). In her role she has advocated for MGC in the greater fraternity/sorority community and displayed high ethical and professional standards in working with the Fraternity & Sorority Life office to solve conflicts, advance her chapter’s and council’s cause, and improve the member experience as a whole


Julian Gerez 2017

Julian demonstrates a uniquely committed belief in fraternity. He has spent a majority of his collegiate career motivating his community to live fraternities’ principles fully, challenging the Interfraternity Council (IFC) team to continually reevaluate how they operate. He has spent considerable time building relationships with many departments and campus administrators. Julian also brought together stakeholders throughout the IFC community to begin to rebuild a functioning Standards Board. He helped create a scholarship fund which he hopes to develop throughout the years for members of the IFC community. The end goal is to increase financial accessibility and remove barriers for members.

Social Justice

Frankie Hamburger 2017

Frankie’s leadership in the Freshman Urban Program (FUP) has been characterized by compassion in working with others, responsibility in completing tasks, and contagious dynamism. FUP’s new goals have expanded the program’s community partners and increased the emphasis on diversity of leadership within her team. Frankie has brought a focus on community empowerment and an entrepreneurial attitude to her leadership in this organization dedicated to engaging with social justice issues such as poverty, public housing, racial justice, and education reform. Frankie has an uncanny ability to bring people of diverse backgrounds together to work for the common good so they can form ‘bridging and bonding social capital.’


Zoya Khan 2017

Zoya is a notable leader in Model Arab League, an organization focused on discussion of Middle Eastern political, economic, and social issues from the perspectives of different Arab states. While bringing multiple stakeholders together, Zoya has worked to grow this organization’s membership and develop sustainable frameworks. She organized Northwestern’s first Model Arab League conference for high school students, created opportunities for her peers to connect with the National Council on US-Arab Relations in D.C., and has facilitated dialogue and learning spaces in partnership with the Buffet Institute and the Northwestern Muslim Cultural Students Association.


Dominique Mejia 2017

Dominique has immersed herself in building residential community at Northwestern. From her time serving on her residential college’s welcoming committee, promoting activity among her co-residents, and serving as Residential College Board president this year, Dominique has demonstrated increasing dedication and resourcefulness in each role. She is highly regarded for her calm and collegial presence. Further accomplishments include organizing events for hundreds of students and serving as a QuestBridge national conference group leader. Dominique’s commitment has demonstrated long-term service throughout her collegiate experience in advancing Northwestern’s values.


Joji Syed 2017

Joji is an innovator thanks to her strong vision for Northwestern and her persistence in changing the status quo. Members of her Associated Student Government community relations committee speak of the dedication and motivation she brought to projects, such as expanding lights on Sheridan road, bringing Divvy bikes to campus, and engaging more with the Evanston youth. Through her work with SCNO, she has increased student engagement with Chicago nonprofits, impacting the greater community through pragmatic problem solving. By creating such infrastructures in these organizations, she has made her efforts sustainable for years to come.