Keith Shawn Smith Award

In remembrance of Keith Shawn Smith, the Department of Housing and Residential Education has created the Keith Shawn Smith Award for Community Development and Mentorship, which is now recognized as a Chancellor's Award. The award is granted to the Resident Advisor that has created a strong community, meaningful mentoring relationships, and campus connections. Most importantly, the RA must have made a positive impact in the lives of their residents and on the community they serve.

Eligibility

Resident Advisors in good standing with the Department of Housing and Residential Education, and in good academic standing with the University, are eligible for this award.

Nominations

Residents within the community must nominate their RA for the award. The nomination must include: 

  • One (1) initial nomination testimonial of the impact of the RA in areas of community building, making connections with the campus community and resources, mentoring, and leadership (no more than 500 words).
  • Three (3) letters of support (submitted independently, no more than 500 words) from residents in the RA's community (wing, floor, etc.).
  • 75% of signature endorsements by residents in the RA's community (wing, floor, etc.). A link to collect these signatures will be emailed to the Nominator after all four (4) documents have been submitted.

Nominations are due by February 23, 2017 at 11:59 pm!

Selection

A committee comprised of the Director of Housing and Residential Education or designee, the chairperson of the Housing Advisory Board, and the presidents of the Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary will review all nominations and determine the one (1) recipient of this award.

Award

The recipient of this award receives a ceremonial plaque, as well as a monetary award.

About Keith Shawn Smith

Keith Shawn Smith served as a Resident Advisor for the third floor of Stacy Hall in the Old Campus Lower Quad Community during the 2005 – 2006 academic year. During his short career here at UNC, Keith Shawn epitomized the efforts of a great RA. He motivated and coached his residents about Carolina and about life.

He helped to develop a bond in his community that grew very strong. That strength helped the community survive February 24, 2006, the day that a tragic accident unexpectedly ended the life of Keith Shawn Smith.

He encouraged the setting of personal goals and identifying future aspirations. Keith Shawn connected with his residents, getting to know each one individually. He connected his residents to each other and to campus life. The residents of the third floor of Stacy looked to Keith Shawn as a mentor. They became invested in themselves and in the success of their community.

  • Watch the video to hear how Keith Shawn's residents adored him and continue to get together to this day to celebrate his life and the impact he had on their group of lifelong friends. 

 

Previous Recipients

2015-16: Madison Alexander 

2014-15: Deanna Zhong

2013-14: Jasmine Sun

2012-13: Christopher Silva

2011-12: Michael Goodling

2010-11: Leigh Fairley

2009-10: Nicole Watts

2008-09: Latreicia Allen

2007-08: Bria Marcelo

2006-07: Sekou Sidibe