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Dean of Students Award for Outstanding Leadership

Awarded annually, this recognition is for a senior undergraduate student who has demonstrated outstanding academic and service accomplishments during their time at Cal State San Marcos.

Award Criteria:

  • Completion of degree/credential in Spring 2021
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and good standing with the University
  • Outstanding academic, leadership and service accomplishments

The Dean of Students Office works in conjunction with colleagues in Student Affairs to select the student who receives this honor. The student selected is then considered for the President's Outstanding Graduate Award, the highest award bestowed on a student graduating from the university.

2021 Awardee 


It is a pleasure to recognize Gladys Guzman Guizar as the Dean of Students Leadership Award selection for being an outstanding role model for CSUSM students by actively seeking intentional ways to integrate her passion for social justice, student life and lived experiences, and dedication to her education.  While at CSUSM, Ms. Guzman Guizar has truly transformed the lives of our students, positively impacted our campus community, and served as an ambassador and change agent of our University by providing advocacy and connection to empower our students and help propel our campus community forward in its Mission.  

Ms. Guzman Guizar has made lasting contributions to student life at Cal State San Marcos through her involvement with the DREAMer Resource Office, as a Peer Advisor in the Office of Academic Advising, a member of University without Borders, and co-founder of the student organization, H.U.M.A.N. You may also know Gladys as the recipient of the 2020 President’s Student Champion Award for Inclusive Excellence and Diversity. As a full-time student, her academic achievements and contributions extend to leadership, service and advocacy in the above mentioned areas. Additionally, as a student representative in the Office of Inclusive Excellence, and Office of Institutional Planning & Analysis Campus Climate Committee, and as a volunteer in the community with UURISE all while maintaining impressive grades and earning Dean’s List Honors for seven semesters.

Ms. Guzman Guizar’s impact on our students and campus community is evident by her impressive portfolio and in the words of her nominator, “Gladys uses her personal experiences as a minority woman and first generation student, to guide her approach as she helps students develop a sense of belonging on campus.”

Please join us in congratulating Gladys as the 2021 Dean of Students Leadership Award recipient.