CCPA 2021 Award Categories

CCPA, the California state chapter of ACPA-College Student Educators International, is accepting nominations and self-nominations for their annual awards. Nominations will be accepted for ALL students and student affairs professionals in the state of California regardless of membership within ACPA or CCPA. The deadline for 2021 award nominations is Wednesday, November 17, 2021.

Outstanding New Professional Award
Recognizes a new professional who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the field of student affairs. The individual must have no more than 5 years of professional experience in students affairs. Contributions may include, but are not limited to: conferences presentations, scholarly publications, participation on committees, innovative practices that advance student success, and other contributions that support and advance the field of student affairs. The individual must be currently employed in the state of California.

Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to their program, department, institution, and/or the student affairs profession. Contributions may include, but are not limited to: conference presentations, scholarly publications, participation on committees, and other contributions that support and advance the field of student affairs. The individual must be currently enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program at an accredited college or university in the state of California.

Outstanding Use of Technology Award
Recognizes outstanding and innovative use of technology, connected to higher education or student affairs. Nominations may be associated with teaching, research, programming, department operations, academic affairs, student services, or collaborative initiatives. The use of technology may leverage university resources, external resources, or contracted external vendors; however, projects completed entirely by contracted vendors without any faculty or staff involvement are not eligible for this award. Project outcomes may include, but are not limited to: enhanced student learning and engagement, streamlined operations, innovative staff training or development, improvements in accessibility and equity, or enhanced scholarship and assessment. The implementation of this technology must be connected with an institution, agency, or individual permanently located in the state of California. If available, please provide links to the technology for assessment during the nomination process.

Outstanding Dedication to Equity and Social Justice
Recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to equity and social justice within the context of higher education. The individual may be at any level of their career; however, the outstanding dedication should be demonstrated by sustained efforts to further equity and social justice over multiple years. Efforts should include but are not limited to: student support, advocacy, teaching, research, publications, programming, program administration, program or policy implementation, and institutional accountability. The individual must reside in California or be currently employed by an institution, agency, or organization in the state of California.

Outstanding Service to the Association Award
Recognizes a dedicated volunteer to CCPA. Service may include, but is not limited to: membership on leadership boards, participation on committees, volunteer working during annual CCPA Spring Institute, and other contributions that support and advance the organization.

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CCPA 2020 Award Winners


Outstanding New Professional 

LilianNE Tang, Cal POLY – San luis obispo

Lilianne Tang currently serves as the Social Justice & Multicultural Program Coordinator at Cal Poly SLO. She is the co-author of the article “Asian Americans, Affirmative Action, and the Political Economy of Racism,” which was published in the Harvard Educational Review. She also created a peer mentorship program that creates a pathway for students of color to stay connected to their peers and university community.


Outstanding Graduate Student

Man Sze (Nancy) Cheng, California State Univerity, FRESNO 

Nancy Cheng is the current Research and Internship Assistant Coordinator at Fresno State’s College of Science and Mathematics, and serves as a liaison between the students, student affairs professionals, and the local community. Nancy hosted the first SACC COMPS Review, which prepares second-year students for their exit examination, and is planning the Virtual Graduation Ceremony for her program, taking place in the spring semester. Beyond the campus, Nancy engages in outreach with local industries to create partnerships and affiliations with Fresno State. On campus, Nancy is the president for SACC Graduate Student Association and is a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Circle (DSAC). 

Outstanding Dedication to Equity & Social Justice

Yolanda cataño, Imperial Valley College 

Yolanda Cataño currently serves at the Interim Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Equity, and Student Success at Imperial Valley College, and also serves as a board member for the ACPA Latinx Network (LN) as the Educational Programs Co-Chair. Yolanda recently co-authored an article in the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, titled Queering Community College HSIs: An Environmental Scan of Current Programs and Services for Latinx Students. She is a third-year doctoral candidate in San Diego State University’s Ed.D. in the Community College Leadership Program. 


Outstanding Use of Technology

Dr. Niyi Coker, Jr., San Diego State University 

Niyi Coker, Jr. currently serves as the Director for the School of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University. He is the Founding Artistic Director of the Africa World Documentary Film Festival (AWDFF), presently in its fifteenth season. The festival can be seen in the United States, Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, and most recently in Thailand, which has been supported by the Ford Foundation. This in-person festival is now streamed globally on a virtual platform harnessing and utilizing technology in its delivery. His latest documentary film “Ota Benga – A Human at the Zoo,” which premiered at the Smithsonian Museum, is now streaming on Amazon Prime and will be streaming this month at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium. He is currently working with screenwriter John McLaughlin (Black Swan) on the film adaptation of French writer Jean Tacchela’s work, “L’histoire d’une rencontre” (The Story of an Encounter), along with Jean Richard Bodon.

Outstanding Service to the Association 

Dr. Soua Xiong, California State UniverSity, Fresno 

Soua Xiong is an Assistant Professor in the Student Affairs and College Counseling program at California State University, Fresno and previously served as President of CCPA. His research broadly focuses on institutional practices that contribute to positive outcomes for underserved students in higher education.



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