California Higher Education Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Conference

Awards & Recognition

Student Leadership Award


Amanda Haydon
CSU Chico

It is my pleasure to nominate Amanda Haydon for the Student Leadership Award. She is currently a senior graduating in English with a minor in Spanish. She has been on the Dean's list several semesters since attending CSU, Chico. As a freshman she began demonstrating her leadership skills when she worked at the Cross Cultural Leadership Center. During that time, she helped organize several large events such as the Diversity Summit, Women's Leadership conference, I LEAD conference and the African American Success Retreat. In a short time she became the "go to person" for organizing, planning, and implementing events. She also learned graphic design programs so she could create the posters and flyers for the events. The students she worked with described her as a friend, mentor, counselor, advisor and tutor. Her former boss said, "There are people in the world that are destined to make an impact and there is no doubt in mind that Amanda is that person. She is truly one of the most inspirational people that I have ever worked with."

Amanda worked at The Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center, (CADEC) for two years and became a Certified Peer Educator through the BACCHUS Network within her first two months of working at the center. She has made a positive difference in the lives of many students through her Peer Education efforts, and her gentle approach for positive change. Amanda flawlessly gave numerous presentations in the Residence Halls, Summer Orientation, classrooms, and student organizations. She also helped organize and demonstrated leadership skills with the other Peer Educators at several campus-wide events such as Wellness Fair, Giving Tree Program, BACCHUS Peer Educator Training, Wildcat Watch, Labor Day Float Prevention Efforts, Sexual Responsibility Week and the Shamrock Shuffle.

I asked Amanda to tell me what it meant to be a Peer Educator and she said, "being a Peer Educator for the Campus Alcohol and Drug Education Center has been one of the most rewarding experiences that I had at Chico State. The reason why I applied to be a Peer Educator at CADEC was because of my personal experience with alcoholism. Throughout my childhood, I watched my father struggle with alcoholism. Luckily, my father conquered his monster and has recently celebrated his tenth year of sobriety. I became a peer educator so that I could be a part of the effort to educate students on the Chico State campus, my campus, about the dangers and long-term consequences of recreational drug and excessive alcohol use. Through this experience, I feel like I made a difference on our campus."

Amanda is a born leader and through her involvement Chico State she has developed many professional skills, but her greatest attribute is her giving, thoughtful and understanding personality. She demonstrates leadership in the way she lives her daily life. I highly recommend her for the Student leadership Award.

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