2009 Recipients

Contribution to the Comission:
Keith Edwards
Macalester College

Keith has played an integral role in the creation of the Commission for Social Justice Educators in ACPA. Recognizing a need and an opportunity, Keith worked diligently to establish the committee which would eventually become the Commission for Social Justice Educators.

Commitment to Social Justice Education:
This award honors a department, campus, ACPA committee or commission that has shown a commitment to social justice education and development, training, or programming.

Samanta Lopez
University of Delaware

In her current role at UD, Samanta has worked diligently to have the minority (especially Latino) students' voices heard. She strongly understands the challenges and needs unique to students of Latino heritage, as well as International students and strives to educate the college community by advising RSO groups in programming and working with the Center for Black Culture.

Outstanding Social Justice Educator, Trainer, or Mentor:
This award recognizes an individual who is personally committed to social justice education and/or activism and is an outstanding educator, trainer or mentor to other professionals or students in the area of social activism. This award is different than the Voices of Inclusion Medallion which is given by the larger umbrella of ACPA and recognizes folks who have shown leadership over five years on broader initiatives of diversity and multiculturalism on their campuses.

Hind Mari
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Hind Mari is the Director of the Women of Color Leadership Network (WOCLN) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since October 2006, overseeing programming that celebrates and supports the accomplishments of women of color in the Five College region of Western Massachusetts. Prior to this position, Hind served for nearly seven years as the Assistant Director of Registered Student Organizations’ Events at the Center for Student Development where she was responsible for numerous events promoting cross-cultural awareness and exchange. She is an active board member of the UMass Stonewall Center, whose mission is to support programming that tackles heterosexism, sexual and gender prejudice in order to create a more inclusive and welcoming climate for bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, and transgender individuals and their allies. Hind served as the chair of the ACPA Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development (2007-2009) and has been a member of the Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs and Standing Committee for Women and the Commission for Social Justice Educators at ACPA for the last few years.