Nominations Now Being Accepted for the 2018 ACPA Coalition for Women's Identities Awards

Application must be received by November 27, 2017 to be considered. 

All nominees must adhere to the following criteria in order to be considered for the awards presented by the ACPA Coaltion for Women's Identities. Self nominations are encouraged. 

  • A nominator may nominate more than one individual for CWI awards (again 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 is a plus. Current CWI Directorate members are not eligible.
  • Integration of ACPA's Strategic Imperative for Racial Justice and Decolonization in nomination materials is encouraged:
  • Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application includes a letter of recommendation, resume and the completed application form. Only one nomination per candidate will be reviewed.

2017 ACPA Coalition for Women's Identities Award Winners

The ACPA Coalition for Women's Identities would like to recognize our 2017 Award Winners.  Thank you to all of those who participated in our 2016-2017 Award Nomination process, and congratulations to those who were recognized by their colleagues for their contributions to the spectrum of woman or female identified people in higher education and student affairs!

The Winners of the 2017 ACPA Coalition for Women's Identities Awards are listed below.  Please join us in recognizing them for their hard work and dedication to the spectrum of woman or female identified people in our field!

Outstanding Emerging ProfessionalQuincy Kissack (University of Maryland)

The Outstanding Emerging Professional Award is given to emerging professionals who have made positive contributions, related to the CWI Mission, to their department or institution. Kissack’s nominators wrote extensively about her commitment to gender, leadership, privilege and identity issues in higher education. Each nominator shared knowledge of her exceptional professional insight and understanding, mentorship of undergraduate women-identified students, and commitment to scholarship in the field. It is clear that we can expect great things from her as she moves forward professionally in the field.  Congratulations Quincy Kissack!


Mid-Level Professional AwardHeather Lou (University of Minnesota)

The Mid-level Professional Award winner is selected based on their demonstrated expertise in creating an environment that promotes the Core Values of the Coalition for Women's Identities (CWI). This includes advocacy & activism, engaging community, and scholarship through innovative and responsive services, research or programs. Lou successfully advocated for more than 120 restrooms to be gender inclusive. She works tirelessly to ensure that trainings are more inclusive of diverse voices on campus. Her nomination letter states that she “has positively impacted institutions and communities throughout the country through demonstrated expertise in advocacy, community engagement, and the development and implementation of innovative and responsive services and programs.” Congratulations Heather Lou!


Research & Scholarship AwardDr. Kirsten T. Edwards (University of Oklahoma)

The Research and Scholarship Award winner is selected based on a review of research and scholarly activity relevant to women and gender identity in Student Affairs. Edwards’ nomination letter states that “not only does Dr. Edwards’ scholarship focus on the experiences of Black women identified students and faculty in higher education, but her praxis enacts an ethic of care that creates empowering learning environments for student affairs practitioners, especially those who find themselves marginalized in historically and predominantly white and/or patriarchal institutions. Congratulations, Dr. Kristen T. Edwards!


Wisdom AwardDr. Tamara Yakaboski (University of Northern Colorado)

This award is selected based on the history of their contributions to promote the professional and personal development of people in alignment with the CWI mission. Dr. Yakaboski’s nomination letter states that her “research has focused consistently for over a decade on women’s issues including women administrators in higher education, women mothers and students, women faculty intersected with international identities, pop culture issues of women’s representation in movies, and healthcare reform and women’s reproductive rights.”  The nomination letter speaks not only to the great mentorship the nominator has personally experienced, but also Yakaboski’s mentorship of “many women and gender-nonconforming individuals in master’s and doctoral level programs throughout her career.” Congratulations, Dr. Tamara Yakaboski!


Outstanding Service AwardErin Simpson (University of Oklahoma)

The Outstanding Service Award is chosen by the Chair of the Coalition for Women’s Identities, and is given to a past or current CWI Directorate member who has gone above and beyond the general responsibilities expected of them. This year’s recipient, Erin Simpson, is ending her term as Past-Chair for the CWI, and is moving into an ACPA Assembly Leadership role as Coordinator of Coalitions. Erin currently serves as Assistant Director for Residence Life at the University of Oklahoma. In Simpson’s letter from the current CWI Chair, Dr. Mollie Monahan-Kreishman, Simpson was chosen “for her unwavering activism and advocacy with and for women- and female-identified voices in student affairs. Her commitment to social justice exemplifies the mission and values of the Coalition for Women’s Identities. She cares deeply about her students, colleagues, and fellow CWI Directorate members, checking in individually, listening closely and supporting them however she can.” We are grateful to Erin for her leadership in CWI, and look forward to her bringing the spirit of the CWI to the ACPA Assembly Leadership! Congratulations Erin Simpson!

ACPA Coalition for Women's Identities Awards Descriptions

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. 

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.  

Wise Woman Award
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.  

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.

Past Recipients:

CWI Awards 2015
Outstanding Emerging Professional- Brittany Williams
Research and Scholarship Award-  Dr. Christa Porter 
Wise Woman Award- Dr. Penny Pasque, Dr. Hind Marie
Jodie Castanza Oustanding Service Award- Jennifer Ferrell

CWI Awards 2013
Outstanding Emerging Professional- Cassandra Nice
Research and Scholarship Award-  Mollie Monahan-Kreishman
Wise Woman Award- Katrina Rodriguez
Oustanding Service Award- Lissa Stapleton

CWI Awards 2012
Outstanding Emerging Professional- Christine Hernandez
Research and Scholarship Award- Lee Hawthorne
Wise Woman Award- Jodie Castanza
Oustanding Service Award- Daria Graham

SCW Awards 2011
Outstanding Emerging Professional- Amanda Roder
Research and Scholarship Award- Susan V. Iverson & Sally Sagen Lorentson
Wise Woman Award- Ruth Anne Koenick
Outstanding Service to the Standing Committee for Women- Melanie Lawson

CWI Awards 2010
Outstanding Emerging Professional - Carolyn (Carrie) Priddy DuPre
Research and Scholarship Award - Dr. Racheal Stimpson
Ally Award - Dr. Hind Mari
Wise Woman Award - Florence Guido
Outstanding Service to the Standing Committee for Women - Molly Springer

CWI Awards Recipients - 2008
Wise Woman - Maribeth Overland
Research and Scholarship Award - Dr. Patricia Somers
Outstanding Emerging Professional Woman –Diana Richter
Outstanding Service to the Standing Committee for Women – Penny Pasque
Ally Award - Yvette Upton

CWI Awards Recipients - 2007
Wise Woman - Mary Howard-Hamilton
Outstanding Service Toward Development of Women – Darlene Biggers
Research and Scholarship Award - LaTayna M. Purnell
Outstanding Emerging Professional Woman –Janesha Penn

CWI Awards Recipients – 2006
Wise Woman – Susan R. Jones
Outstanding Service Toward Development of Women – Amber Garrison
Research and Scholarship Award – Penny Pasque
Outstanding Emerging Professional Woman – Ann Marie Klotz

CWI Awards Recipients- 2005
Wise Woman – Vasti Torres
Outstanding Service Toward Development of Women – Deborah Casey
Research and Scholarship Award – Gayle Hartleroad
Outstanding Emerging Professional Woman – Brigette Marty

CWI Awards Recipients– 2004
Wise Woman – Patricia M. King
Outstanding Service Toward the Development of Women – Jane Fried
Research and Scholarship Award – Jane Rosser
Outstanding Emerging Professional Woman – Gina L. Hurny

EmpowHer Fellowship Recipients
2013-2014 - Kate Curley, Pennsylvania State University
2012-2013- Hannah Retzkin, Loyola University Chicago
2011-2012- Kayti Protos, Vanderbilt, Cassandra Aman (Nice), Canisius College
2010-2011 - Mari Knuth, Bowling Green State University and Selyna Perez, Rochester Institute of Technology
2009-2010 - Mireya Moreno, California State University at Northridge
2008-2009 Recipient: Robyn Kaplan, University of Connecticut
2007-2008 Recipient: Sarah Hoffert, University of Vermont
2006-2007 Recipient: Tiffany Davis, Bowling Green State University
2005-2006 Recipient: Brooke Smith, Shippensburg University
2004-2005 Recipient: Colleen Yout, The George Washington University
2003-2004 Recipient: Heather Kind-Keppel, University of Missouri
2002-2003 Recipient: Rosemary Perez, University of San Francisco