Dr. Kim Sousa-Peoples, director of New Student Transitions & First Year Experience, has been honored by the Division of Enrollment Management with an inaugural Outstanding First Year Student Advocate Award.
The Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award recognizes and celebrates the efforts and significant contributions of UNCG faculty and staff who provide leadership in creating a positive transition to college and successful learning environment for first-year students.
She is being recognized most specifically for her dedication and contributions to the inaugural NAV1GATE New Student Convocation program.
Dr. Sousa-Peoples supports first year students in many ways through her influence on and oversight of Your First Year programs, including SOAR, Rawkin’ Welcome Week, Foundations for Learning (FFL), and the Keker First Year Common Read. This award citation notes that her creation and implementation of the NAV1GATE New Student Convocation program went above and beyond to garner campus-wide support to develop an innovative program designed specifically to support the successful transition of first year students, promoting a welcoming campus environment, and a positive attitude that fosters a positive first year experience.
Some brief excerpts from nominators:
- “Kim and I worked together on Nav1gate for the first time this year and she never ceased to impress me.”
- “I especially appreciated the leadership role that she assumed when it came to allocation of resources.”
- “She is easily the most compassionate person I know – the kind of person who goes out of her way to help students and staff every day.”
The Division of Enrollment Management provides first-year students experiences that help them better understand how to navigate UNCG, the college experience, and develop the skills and connections required to excel in and out of the classroom.
Faculty and staff members across campus contribute to this mission and help first year students find academic and personal success. To recognize these faculty and staff, the Outstanding First Year Student Advocate Award will be presented annually to the winning nominee.
The award is open to any full-time or part-time UNCG faculty or staff member. Among the criteria: Successful transition of first year students to UNCG; Providing resources and/or support to assist first year students; Helping students to achieve academic and/or personal success; Promoting a welcoming campus environment; and Exhibiting a positive attitude that fosters a positive first year experience.
Photograph of Kim Sousa-Peoples by Susan Kirby-Smith