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.
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.
No recipients were recognized due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to physically distance. We are looking forward to continuing this award in 2021!
Housing Multicultural Advocate
SKY @ UIUC
Office of the Dean of Students
English Department Academic Advisors
Women's Resources Center
College of Law Mindfulness Meditation Group
Illinois Student Senate
Community Learning Lab
Dr. Joycelyn Landrum-Brown
Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
McKinley Health Center Stress Management Peers
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
Director, Illinois Promise Student Services
Ed.D. Candidate in Human Resource Development, Career Coach for International Students and Adults
Ashley M. Davis
Assistant Director, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center