Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) is now seeking nominations for our annual awards, which recognize members of ACPA who have contributed significantly to the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community within student affairs and higher education.

As you continue with your work this fall, take a moment to reflect on the people, programs, and settings that supported us and helped get us to where we are. Who or what provided guidance and mentorship? Professionally and personally? Who was it that asked us the difficult questions we needed to hear and face? What were the programs that inspired us to continue the work we do?

Nominations for 2020 APAN Awards are currently open.

We award three awards annually, which are:


Dr. Daniello Balón Mentoring Award

Awarded to an outstanding mentor who has made a significant impact in the lives of APIDA students and/or student affairs professionals. This award is named after Dr. Daniello Balón to honor his legacy of exemplary mentorship.


Outstanding Program/Initiative for APIDA Student Success

This award recognizes a program or initiative that has positively impacted APIDA college student success, or has contributed to increased education and awareness of the needs and experiences of APIDA students.


Outstanding Graduate Student

This award recognizes a master’s or doctoral student in student affairs, higher education, or a related field who has demonstrated academic excellence; active involvement on campus, within ACPA, or in the higher education sector; and significant potential as an APIDA scholar-practitioner.