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African American Knowledge Community Awards 2019

 We are seeking nominations for the following AAKC awards:

o   “Umoja” Award for Graduate Students

o   “Kuumba” Award for New Professionals

o   “Nia” Award for Mid-Level Professionals

o    “Sankofa” Award for Senior Student Affairs Officers

AAKC Awards

“Umoja” Award for Graduate Students

This award is presented to an exemplary graduate student in student affairs and services. This individual is a rising young professional who continuously seeks to integrate their research and practice with the needs of the African population. The graduate student nominated for this award should demonstrates the principals of the award, Umoja: the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, "I am We," or "I am because We are."

Kuumba” Award for New Professionals

This award is presented to an exemplary new professional in student affairs and services. This NASPA member has worked 1-4 years in the student affairs field and has contributed in various ways to the student culture on campus and the African American Knowledge Community. The new professional nominated for this award should demonstrates the principals of the Kuumba: Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.

“Nia"  Award for Mid-Level Professionals

This award is presented to an exemplary mid-level professional in student affairs and services. Mid-level professionals have a minimum of 5 years full-time experience in the student affairs field. This NASPA member has been involved with the organization for a number of years, has been actively involved with African American Knowledge Community. The Mid- Level professional nominated for this award should demonstrates the principals of Nia: Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community.

Sankofa Award for Senior Student Affairs Officer

This award is presented to a Senior Student Affairs Officer that has provided the support and commitment to the African American Knowledge Community. This NASPA member has provided leadership and guidance to African Americans in higher education. The Senior Student Affairs Officer nominated for this award should demonstrates the meaning of Sankofa, “teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward.”

  To nominate someone for an award, please submit one letter of recommendation along with the nominee’s current resume or CV to: [email protected]

African American Knowledge Community Professional Mentoring Program

The AAKC has developed a Professional Mentoring Program to develop strong professional bonds in strengthening future student personnel administrators, while aligning them with their professional goals. The purpose of this program is to have continued developmental communication in the field of higher education, both for the mentor and mentee.

Please join us at our Business Meeting on Monday, March 11, 2019 at NASPA LA. Here is where paired members will be able to meet and continue with their professional connection. Others who wish to mentor, or to be mentored are highly welcome to attend. Those who are present and interested will be able to sign up for our 2019-20 pairing.

To request immediate information, send all inquiries to [email protected].

Please find past spotlights below:

African American Knowledge Community Public Policy Briefs

 The African American Knowledge Community produces public policy briefs on issues impacting the African American experience in Higher Education. Please contact the [email protected] for more information and/or if you are interested in writing a public policy brief.

African American Knowledge Community Webinars

The African American Knowledge Community sponsors two webinars every year focused on issues impacting the African American experience in higher education. On February 6, 2013, we co-sponsored "Looking Beyond Latinos: The True Face of Undocumented Students" webinar with the Latino Knowledge Community. In 2014, the AAKC sponsored  a "State of the African American Professional" webinar on February 12, 2014 and "State of the African American Student" webinar in May 2014.