Congratulations to the 2019 Commission Award Winners

Each year the CGDSD Awards acknowledge and celebrate individual and organization contributions to the profession. We are pleased to announce this year’s recipients. They will be recognized at the 2020 Convention.

Learn more about the Commission's Past Award Winners.

Service to the International Community Award 

Amaris Vazquez Vargas, Education Abroad Advisor, Texas A&M University

This award recognizes an individual for outstanding service to the international community and demonstrated a history of involvement and leadership, over several years, to the international student affairs community. 

Outstanding International Education Initiative Award

Global Scholars Program, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor  

Organizers: Benjamin Peters (Director, Global Scholars Program), Ashley Wiseman (Associate Director, Global Scholars Program), Yuezhong Zheng (Chinese Student Services Coordinator, Arizona State University; Former Graduate Student Instructor, Global Scholars Program)   

This Outstanding International Education Initiative award recognizes programming and other educational initiatives that support international education and the global dimensions of student development. 

Excellence in International Research 

Dr. Patty Witkowsky, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

The Excellence in International Research award recognizes an individual for significant scholarly contributions of educational and intrinsic value to international education and/or international student affairs and services.


Call for Nominations for 2020 Commission Awards (Recognized at 2021 Annual Convention)

All Commission Awards are due October/November 2020 (exact date TBD).

To submit a nomination, go to: https://form.jotform.com/91645967998989

Award Categories:

  • Service to the International Community: Recognizes an individual for outstanding service to the international community. The nominee has to demonstrate a history of involvement and leadership, over several years, to the international Student Affairs community. Previous winners are not eligible. 
  • Outstanding International Education Initiative: Recognizes programs and other educational initiatives that support international education and the global dimensions of student development. Recipients will be asked to provide a brief presentation at convention or via a Webinar about the program/initiative. 
  • Excellence in International Research: Recognizes an individual for significant scholarly contributions of educational and intrinsic value to international education and/or international student affairs and services. 

Award Nomination Process: All nominations are to be submitted via the Commission Award Nomination Form. You will be asked to submit contact information for the nominee and nominator as well as upload a nomination letter. Nomination letters should address the award criteria (see above). Recipients will be selected by late November. All recipients will be publicly recognized at Convention, highlighted on the Commission's website, and recognized in the Commission's newsletter.

Eligibility: Neither nominators nor nominees have to be current ACPA members or members of CGDSD; everyone can nominate or be nominated. Self-nominations are accepted for all awards and encouraged. Self-nominations for awards recognizing an individual require a letter of support from a colleague/supervisor, which can be uploaded along with the nomination letter; self-nominations for educational initiatives do not require any letters of support.

For more information, if you have questions, or need assistance, please contact the Awards Coordinator, Lauren Murphy.   


Interested in nominating someone in a different functional area?
Check out information on all the Commission Awards at http://www.myacpa.org/awards/commissions.

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