The ACPA Coalition for Women’s Identities (CWI) is now accepting nominations (including self-nominations) for CWI Awards.

All nominees must adhere to the following criteria in order to be considered for the awards presented by the ACPA Coalition for Women’s Identities.

  • A nominator may nominate more than one individual for CWI awards (self-nominations are accepted and encouraged!).
  • Nominee MUST be an ACPA member at the time of nomination and at the time awards are presented at the annual convention.
  • Connections to the CWI mission are a plus. Current CWI Directorate members are not eligible for CWI awards.
  • Integration of ACPA’s Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization in nomination materials is encouraged:
  • Only complete nominations will be considered.  A complete nomination includes a letter of recommendation, resume, and the completed form below. Only one nomination per candidate will be reviewed.

Nominations must be received by Thursday, December 1, 2022, to be considered. Please email Chelsea Haines ([email protected]) with any questions.

Nomination Form:

Award Criteria:

Outstanding Emerging Professional
The recipient will be selected based on their recognized potential to be a successful Student Affairs professional.   This individual will have made contributions that have positively impacted their respective departments or institutions.  Contributions made include but are not limited to the following areas: programming experience, leadership, community development, publications, presentations, community service and/or support for the educational environment on their campus.  Nominees for this award have worked in the student affairs profession or attended graduate school for three or fewer years and must be members of ACPA.

Mid-Level Professional Award
The recipient will be selected based on their demonstrated expertise in creating an environment that promotes the Core Values of the Coalition for Women’s Identities (CWI) including Advocacy & Activism, Engaging Community, and Scholarship. Outstanding individual contribution in innovative and responsive services and programs that address varied and emerging needs of students, professionals, and the community is highly valued. The recipient must have made contributions to the profession, ACPA, and/or the CWI by means of publication, presentation, program design, or mentorship. In order to be considered for this award, individuals must have at least five years as a full-time practitioner at an institution of higher education and must be a current member of ACPA.

Research and Scholarship Award
The recipient will be selected based on a review of research and scholarly activity.  Preference will be given to topics relevant to women and gender identity in Student Affairs.  Work may include publications, research, and curriculum or program development.   For consideration, nominees must submit a one-page abstract of the research or scholarship. Nominees for this award must be members of ACPA.

Wisdom Award
Formerly named the Wise Woman Award, this award was renamed to reflect the mission of CWI. The recipient will be selected based on the history of their contributions towards woman or female identified individuals in student affairs and on their efforts to promote the professional and personal development of woman or female identified individuals   Contributions may be made in the areas of programming, engaging in the socialization of woman or female identified individuals, scholarship, publications, mentoring other woman or female identified professionals, and the provision of visionary leadership in the advancement of woman or female identified professionals in student affairs.  Nominees for this award must have worked in the higher education profession for at least ten years. Nominees for this award must also be members of ACPA.

Jodie Castanza Outstanding Service Award (given by Chair)
The Chair will recognize contributions above and beyond the general reasonability’s of a directorate member.  Alumnae members will have contributed to the development of the committee through continued, service, guidance, and support. The recipient (s) will be selected based on efforts to promote the advancement of programs and services offered by the Coalition for Women’s Identities.

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