Augustana’s Diversity Advocacy Certification Program Named Regional Award Winner

Inaugural graduates of the Diversity Advocate Certification Program in Fall 2019.

Augustana University is extremely proud to announce that the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) has awarded Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Willette Capers with the Innovative Program Award for her work on the Diversity Advocate Certification Program. The award winner was announced on the NASPA Region IV West Facebook page on Monday, November 2.

Capers said in regards to winning the award, “I am beyond honored to be seen by my colleagues around the region for Augie's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion work. The Augustana community has really latched on to this project and dedicated itself to knowledge gathering to build a more inclusive community.”

The NASPA Innovative Program award is presented to professionals and respective institutions who have developed and implemented a program which results in improved educational activities, services or management for an individual campus community or group campus communities. Nominees were reviewed based on creativity, marketing and execution of the program, as well as how the program positively influenced the intended community. 

NASPA is a U.S.-based student affairs organization boasting more than 13,000 members at 1,400 campuses and 25 countries. NASPA is the professional home for the field of student affairs. Together, they are dedicated to fulfilling the promise of higher education through their guiding principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion and inquiry.

Regional winners will be forwarded for consideration at the national awards level. 


Program Questions: Contact Willette Capers, assistant dean of students for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Media Inquiries: Contact Jill Wilson, public relations and communications strategist.