Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership

Undergraduate Women's Leadership Award

The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, in conjunction with the Gannon Scholars Leadership Program, is pleased to announce the two recipients of the eighth annual Undergraduate Women’s Leadership Award: Mia Ambroiggio and Lina Flores Wolf.

The past year has been an extraordinary and unusual one in many ways. It is no different for the Gannon Center because – for the first time – we honored two recipients with this year’s award.

Mia Ambroiggio is a senior majoring in Communication Studies and Environmental Studies. She has dedicated much of her time to promoting environmental conservation and sustainability – from interning at the Shedd Aquarium to researching environmental initiatives of the 18th and 19th centuries to working with campus and local neighborhood groups to improve just and equitable sustainability practices. Mia has also researched eviction practices in Chicago through Loyola’s Center for Urban Research and Learning and is a columnist for Loyola’s newspaper, The Phoenix.

Lina Flores Wolf is also a senior and is majoring in Psychology as well as Women’s Studies Gender Studies. During her time at Loyola, Lina has particularly dedicated herself to research: She has explored topics such as victim-blaming of survivors of sexual assault, social dynamics of confronting bias, and mis-gendering of trans and gender non-conforming individuals. Both on-campus and in the community, Lina has been a tireless advocate for survivors of gender-based violence, staffing Loyola’s advocacy line, leading peer-to-peer workshops, and working at Porchlight Counseling Services.

It is fitting that Mia and Lina have been honored together this year. In addition to their many accomplishments in their own right, they have served together as co-presidents of Women in Leadership Loyola, a student organization focused on educating about and advocating for intersectional feminism. We are very glad to be able to honor their leadership at Loyola and beyond.

The selection committee was incredibly impressed with all of the amazing students who were nominated for this award. All are accomplished scholars and dedicated leaders for social justice. We invite you to view the full list of nominees here. Thank you to the many Loyola faculty, staff, and students who thoughtfully volunteered your time and effort to nominate these wonderful students.

Award Criteria & Selection Process

This award recognizes women undergraduate students who exemplify Loyola’s Jesuit values and the Gannon Center’s mission of fostering a more just world through leadership, research, and service. The recipient is chosen from a pool of nominations submitted by faculty, staff, and students and is additionally based on an application submitted by the nominee.

Award Details

  • The award is open to any currently enrolled woman-identified undergraduate student.
  • Nominees must first be nominated by a Loyola faculty or staff member or current Loyola undergraduate or graduate student.
  • After a nomination is received, the nominee will be notified and asked to submit an application that includes a résumé and a brief reflection on how they contribute to a more just world.
  • Nominees must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to be consider for the Award.
  • Nominees will be screened by Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution.
  • A student may not win the award more than once but may be nominated in multiple years.
  • Loyola faculty, staff, and students may nominate more than one student. 


  • Nominations for the spring 2022 award will open in late fall 2021.