CEP Awards

Unless otherwise noted, all nominations must be received on or before the deadline specified by the ASHE-CEP committee. Specific nominating criteria are detailed in the following descriptions.

The ASHE-CEP Awards will be conferred at the ASHE-CEP Awards Presentation Ceremony, held during the ASHE Annual CEP Meetings. All conference participants are invited to attend the awards presentation and reception held in honor of the inaugural CEP Founders’ Service Award and the CEP Mildred García Award for Exemplary Scholarship.
 

Nomination Procedures for all CEP Awards

The ASHE Council on Ethnic Participation (CEP) honors three individuals each year for the CEP Founders Service Award, the Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award, and the Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award. The ASHE CEP Awards Committee welcomes nominations for consideration. Click here for description and criteria of the three awards. All members of ASHE are eligible for the CEP Awards; however, members of the CEP awards selection committee are not eligible to be nominated during the year in which they serve.

Letters of nomination should be submitted via email to CEP Awards Co-Chairs Vijay Kanagala (vijay.kanagala@uvm.edu) and Liza Talusan (Liza.Talusan001@umb.edu) on or by Monday, July 31, 2017 at noon EST. Nominators are requested to specify the full name of the award and include a specific description of the nominee's contributions and impact through scholarship and professional practice in advancing the study of higher education.

CEP Founders’ Service Award 

The purpose of the service award is to recognize two members of the ASHE community who have served CEP in various capacities over the years. Service is defined as activity which supports CEP and/or fosters inclusiveness in the ASHE organization. Examples of service include holding an office in CEP for several years, writing reports for CEP, organizing CEP events, serving on ASHE committees, or facilitating inclusiveness. Letters of nomination will be accepted for consideration. A letter of nomination should speak to the nominee’s service to CEP and highlight the nominee’s dedication and commitment, fostering of inclusiveness, length of involvement, type of activities, commitment, and/or making CEP a viable ASHE council.

 

CEP Mildred García Award for Exemplary Scholarship

The purpose of the García Award for Exemplary Scholarship is to recognize one junior, nontenured scholar-practitioner (e.g., visiting assistant professor, clinical assistant professor, or tenure-track faculty) and one senior practitioner-scholar (i.e., tenured associate or full professor, senior/executive administrator) for seminal, exemplary scholarship that focuses on research and issues specifically related to underrepresented populations of color. The awards committee will accept letters of nomination for consideration. Relevant examples of scholarly work should also be provided with the letter. Acceptable scholarship is restricted to one journal article or one book published either the year of, or year prior, to the nomination year. For example, in the award year of 2011, 2011 and 2010 publications may be considered for the award. Letters should speak to the contribution made by the nominee’s work and how it furthers inclusiveness, and how it promotes a greater understanding of underrepresented populations of color.


The CEP Mildred García Award for Exemplary Scholarship is so named in honor of Dr. Mildred García, an exemplary scholar whose contributions as a leader and trailblazer in the field of higher education research continue to raise the bar for academicians and administrators, alike. Dr. García’s academic research has concentrated on equity in higher education and its impact on policy and practice. In 2008. Dr. García was recently appointed president of California State University, Dominguez Hills. She previously served as president of Berkeley College, New York and New Jersey, where she oversaw six campuses that offer two- and four-year degree programs to almost 6,000 students. She also held several positions at Arizona State University, including vice provost for academic personnel, associate vice provost for academic affairs, faculty liaison for the campus Hispanic Research Center, and professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

On May 2, 2008, California State University, Dominguez Hills held an Inauguration Ceremony for its seventh president, Dr. Mildred García. The inaugural theme "Transforming Lives: Our Heritage, Our Future" was selected to highlight the remarkable history and promising future of the university.

On July 5, 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Mildred García to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. García was one of 19 individuals from the education, business, nonprofit, philanthropic and high-tech sectors nationwide appointed to the commission, which will advise the president and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on issues related to improving education opportunities and outcomes for Hispanics. More information is available online.
 

Research Awards

The purpose of the CEP Research Awards Committee is to support the scholarship initiatives of ASHE members who conduct research on and about people from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups in higher education. One of the primary responsibilities of the Committee is to identify and solicit external funding that would enable the allocation of monetary research awards. Special consideration will be given in providing research support to tenure-track assistant and associate professors in an effort to encourage and increase their development and submission of grant proposals related to the Committee's purpose.

2016 CEP Award Recipients 

CEP Founders Service Award - Dafina-Lazarus Stewart
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Lori Patton Davis
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - OiYan Poon

 

2015 CEP Award Recipients 

CEP Founders Service Award - Frankie Santos Laanan 
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Christine A. Stanley 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Michelle M. Espino
 

2014 CEP Award Recipients 

CEP Founders Service Award - Mitchell J. Chang 
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Frank Tuitt 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Judy Marquez Kiyama

 

2013 CEP Award Recipients 

Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Daniel Solórzano 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Julie J. Park 
 

 

2012 CEP Award Recipients 

CEP Founders Service Award - Terrell L. Strayhorn & Mildred Garcia 
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Marybeth Gasman 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Robert T. Palmer

 

2011 CEP Award Recipients 

CEP Founders Service Award - Estela Bensimon 
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Mary Howard-Hamilton 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Anne-Marie Nunez

 

2010 CEP Award Recipients 

CEP Founders Service Award - Kim Nehls 
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Laura Rendon and Dr. M. Christopher Brown II 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - J. Luke Wood

 

2009 CEP Award Recipients 

CEP Founders Service Award - Leonar "Len" Foster (posthumously) 
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award - William Perez

 

2008 CEP Award Recipients 

CEP Founder’s Service Award - Kassie Freeman 
Garcia Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award - Caroline Turner 
Garcia Junior Exemplary Scholarship Award Lori Patton

 

2007 Inaugural CEP Award Recipients 

CEP Founder’s Service Award - Berta Vigil Laden (posthumously) and Bonita Butner 
CEP Mildred Garcia Award for Exemplary Scholarship - Sylvia Hurtado and Joy Ann Williamson