Love and Honor Story Project Honors David Gudin

David GoodinJunior David Gudin was recently named the December recipient of the Love and Honor Story Project. As the president of three different clubs, Gudin's impact on campus is significant.

Gudin's nominator praised his positive attitude and willingness to contribute his talents and skills. "[Gudin] embraces opportunities and challenges," the nominator wrote.

Gudin’s willingness to stand up when times were tough saved many clubs from logistical turmoil. Gudin took over for presidency of the Japanese Culture and Language Club right when COVID-19 hit. The club faced potential disbanding due to lack of students being on the executive board. When Gudin recognized this need, he volunteered to take over as president. His willingness to serve allowed the club to continue to be active and thrive.

With a background in Environmental Science, Gudin founded the Green Gamers student organization. He wanted to provide a social space for students interested in video games, the environment, and sustainability with the goal of educating others on the intersectionality of all three. As president of the club, he is developing an e-waste collection program on campus to recycle broken and unwanted electronics. In addition, Green Gamers is making a university-wide impact by serving on the Student Sustainability Council.

Gudin is also the president of the Miami University Department for the Knowledge and Improvement of Pokemon (MUDKIP).

Gudin is known for pushing himself and rising to face challenges. "I try to push myself every day to be better,” he said. He wants to show others they can do the same.

In his first year at Miami, Gudin joined nearly every student organization he got invited to as he searched to find his place. “I felt so welcomed," he said. "And I knew it was important for me to recreate that type of environment in all the organizations I am part of.” He strives to “create safe spaces for students where they feel welcomed and can feel like they can be themselves.”

Gudin has come to realize that student organizations are a way for him to impact a lot of people. He's happy to step up and “ what needs to be done so that students can enjoy themselves and better themselves as people through the organizations they are a part of.” Gudin is willing to take on the necessary groundwork to establish a strong foundation for other students to thrive. He is a true example of what it looks like to live out the Code of Love and Honor in everyday life.

The Love and Honor Story Project is a platform for students to recognize and honor students enacting the values articulated in the Code of Love and Honor. If you know someone who exemplifies the Code of Love and Honor through their extraordinary care for their community, nominate them to be recognized!

To nominate someone, visit the Office of the Dean of Students' website and complete a brief nomination form.