Bobby E. Leach Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award

This award honors a senior student affairs professional or faculty member who has demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion throughout their administrative or academic tenure. This award is named in honor of the first person of color to serve as NASPA president and who was also the first African American Administrator at Florida State University.  Dr. Leach’s life and career was dedicated to bringing people of different backgrounds together for the purpose of promoting equality for all.

NASPA Annual Awards

Award Information

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2019

Any NASPA member may nominate an individual for this award.

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Below are the criteria that the Selections and Awards Committee of the NASPA Board of Directors will use to evaluate the nominees. Bolded bullets are required, while non-bolded bullets are preferred.

  • Strong and sustained record of professional and/or civic involvement in activities that promote diversity, and inclusion in education and/or the community
  • Actively engaged in advocating for, and advancing, diversity and inclusion in the profession through one’s administrative and/or academic work
  • Reputation for taking a stand on critical issues related to diversity, and inclusion even at risk to one’s reputation and vocation
  • An individual whose work has “broken barriers” and in so doing has served as a role model, and helped to facilitate employment and educational access and opportunity, for others from diverse backgrounds
  • Active NASPA membership

Current Recipients

  • Shaun R. Harper
    Race and Equity Center Founder & Executive Director; Provost Professor of Education and Business; Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership - University of Southern California

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Past Recipients

  • 2018 | Doris Ching

    Interim Chancellor - University of Hawai`i, West Oahu

  • 2017 | Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy

    Executive Director Emeritus - NASPA