Colorado State University - Pueblo Dean earns top student government advisor award

Colorado State University - Pueblo Dean earns top student government advisor award

Dr. Zav DadabhoyPUEBLO – Dr. Zav Dadabhoy, dean of student life and development at Colorado State University-Pueblo, was honored last month as the nation’s top student government advisor by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) at its conference in Boston, Mass.
Dadabhoy received the Frank Harris Outstanding Student Government Advisor Award, which honors NACA’s first Chair of the Board of Directors. Frank Harris, who served as chair from 1968-1969, advised student government associations throughout his professional tenure until his retirement in 1997. This annual award recognizes individuals who have the commitment to challenge and advise student government associations.

Potential recipients must work closely with student governments; display genuine support and regard for students and their issues; be viewed as an educator by his/her colleagues; have had an extraordinary impact on student lives and have earned their respect; and be employed for at least nine months as an advisor to a student government association at an NACA-member institution.

CSU-Pueblo Associated Students’ Government President Steve Titus was among three individuals who provided nomination letters for Dadabhoy.

“To me personally, Zav has been nothing less than a peer mentor for my student advocacy career. . .Zav knows I am passionate about my position and doesn’t mind getting a text message or email at 3 a.m. about something that could eventually help the students of CSU-Pueblo,” Titus wrote.  Dr. Dadabhoy knows the true meaning of student advocacy as he, himself, has lived the life of a true student advocate.”

Student Life Special Projects Coordinator Jeanne Stewart wrote that Dadabhoy insists that students voice their opinions and not join in “group think.” She said his emphasis with the organization involves developing advocacy skills and leadership abilities by teaching a process “which begins with brainstorming and continues with fact-gathering, decision making, and action.”

“Although his ultimate goal is for students to be successful, he also believes that a student can learn from failure and should be allowed to take risks,” Stewart concluded. 

Dadabhoy boasts more than 20 years of increasing leadership in student affairs at both commuter and residential colleges and universities. He joined the CSU-Pueblo staff in June of 2007. As
dean of student life and development, he serves as the chief campus official for student services and student life, including responsibility for oversight of student fees, residence halls, student health and counseling services, outdoor programs, intramural sports and recreation, drug prevention/awareness programs, student government and clubs, student activities board, and the career center.

Before coming to CSU-Pueblo, he served as director of student activities at Metro State from 1995-2007 and for the last year has provided leadership on an interim basis to student engagement programs as well as planning and assessment systems that develop and enhance student success. While at Metro, he secured funding for, and created a series of multicultural programs and co-curricular activities, including outreach to every ethnic and social group on campus. His efforts received national recognition from the National Association for Campus Activities.

From 1990-95, he was a Student Development Educator at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., where he directed commuter student services, directed leadership and educational programming, chaired judicial cases, and conducted conflict resolution. He also has served as special projects coordinator in the division of student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned both bachelor and master’s degrees in sociology. In 2002, he earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership and innovation from the University of Colorado at Denver. His major areas of concentration throughout his doctoral program were retention variables, out-of-class college student experiences, and on-line student services.

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