Robert P. Larsen Human Development Award

The Larsen Award was established in 1992 to honor individuals and/or groups that make significant contributions to the campus consistent with the general mission of the Counseling Center. It has been presented annually to any person or group who enhances student development and maximizes student capabilities to make effective and satisfying life choices. Eligibility is open to any person or group that is part of the university community (except for individuals associated with the Counseling Center).

The primary goal of the Counseling Center is to enhance student development and maximize student capabilities to make effective and satisfying life choices. In pursuit of the goal, the Center’s efforts extend beyond services for individuals to impact the campus environment in which the students operate. In order to support those who join with the Center in this focus on the campus, the Robert P. Larsen Human Development Award has been created. Separate awards are given to individuals and to a group making a significant contribution to the campus consistent with the general mission of the Counseling Center.

Eligibility

Any person or group that is part of the university community (except individuals associated with the Counseling Center) is eligible for these awards. Preference will be given to students or a student group.

Selection Process

Nominations for the 2020 award will be solicited next spring. Please be watching for this announcement! 

Award

Each winner receives a plaque and cash award. Recipients will also be honored on a permanent plaque located in the Counseling Center lobby at the Fred H. Turner Student Services Building. The award is named in honor of Robert P. Larsen, who was a staff member at the Center for more than fifty years.

2019 Robert P. Larsen Award for Human Development recipients. From left, Mergen Gerelbat, Amitra Kataruka, Sree Patibella, and Ram Gorugantu  of SKY and Derrius Carter, Housing Multicultural Advocate.

2019 recipients

Derrius Carter
Housing Multicultural Advocate

SKY @ UIUC

2018 recipients 

Katherine Snyder
Office of the Dean of Students

English Department Academic Advisors

2017 recipients

Patricia Morey
Women's Resources Center

College of Law Mindfulness Meditation Group

2016 recipients

Farah Chalisa
Illinois Student Senate

Community Learning Lab

2015 recipients

Dr. Joycelyn Landrum-Brown
Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations

McKinley Health Center Stress Management Peers

2014 recipients

Damani R. Bolden
Student Body President

Teryl P. Brewster
Diversity and Social Justice Education Program Coordinator, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations

Residential Life Action Plan Committee on Proactive Mental Health Initiatives

2013 recipients

Susan Gershenfeld
Director, Illinois Promise Student Services

Un-Yeong Park
Ed.D. Candidate in Human Resource Development, 
Career Coach for International Students and Adults

2012 recipients

Ashley M. Davis
Assistant Director, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center

Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center