Sehgal and Arnavu named outstanding leaders

Nitasha Sehgal and Selin Arnavut are winners of the Pillars of Leadership Awards. The awards are designed to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a commitment to leadership, service, and the University at Buffalo.

Nitasha Sehgal, PhD: Exemplary Mentorship Award (Emerging Faculty/Staff)

Dr. Nitasha Sehgal has an unwavering commitment to guiding and supporting students. As a professor, she goes above and beyond to create an inclusive and nurturing learning environment, fostering personal and academic growth even in large classes. Dr. Sehgal's dedication extends beyond the classroom, as she actively engages in mentoring students from diverse backgrounds and provides invaluable support, both academically and personally. Her exceptional mentorship approach not only empowers students to excel but also instills in them a sense of confidence and resilience, making her a truly deserving recipient of this award. Her nominator said “her mentorship goes beyond mere instruction; it inspires mentees to reach their full potential and instills in them a sense of confidence and resilience.”

Selin Arnavut: UB Pride & Service Award (Undergraduate)

Selin demonstrates a spirit of dedicated service and exemplary leadership within the UB community. Through her unwavering commitment to social justice, advocacy, and education, Selin has made a lasting impact on her peers and the wider community. From her role as a Team Leader in the Alternative Break program, where she led immersive volunteer experiences focused on pressing social issues, to her extensive involvement in various community engagement initiatives, Selin's dedication to positively influencing others through servant leadership shines through. Her remarkable leadership skills, emotional intelligence, and academic excellence underscore her commitment to making a difference and serving as a catalyst for positive change within the UB community and beyond. Selin's tireless efforts and genuine passion for service truly make her the epitome of "True Blue" and a deserving recipient of this award.