The Keith M. Miser Leadership Award is presented to the student who has been successful in campus leadership endeavors. This award honors Keith's idea of student involvement and recognizes a student who has contributed to the campus through their leadership on campus. One of the two recipients of the Keith M. Miser Leadership Award is Michael Chan (He/Him Pronouns). 

Michael is from Framingham, MA, and is a double degree student in Business Administration in the Grossman School of Business and Environmental Studies in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

His research has focused on how the demand for sustainable and socially responsible businesses and products has found its way into local communities. A member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society, Michael was this year’s UVM representative to its annual Leadership Forum which brings together student members from the top 5% of business schools from around the world. Membership is among the highest recognitions a student can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program in business. 

Michael is constantly thinking of new ideas and ways to engage students. He has participated in the First Year Experience for the past three years and now serves as a leader, passing the torch and many skills to the others on the team. He consistently demonstrates an impressive willingness to learn and grow. Michael’s commitment to social justice is inspiring and as a queer man of color he continually shares his journey and narrative with those around him.

His involvement on UVM’s campus stretches all parts of campus; he has been an Orientation Leader, a member of the University Program Board, a case study competitor in the Grossman School of Business, the Social Justice Chair of the Boulder Society, and a member of the Asian Student Union. He has demonstrated the power and positive effect of student engagement.


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