Nominations for the 2020 Awards are now open!

Each year, NAPE and the NAPE Education Foundation accept nominations for Equity Leaders in several categories and honors the awardees during a special ceremony at the National Summit for Educational Equity. 

NAPE and the NAPE Education Foundation have a shared vision that every student is able to fulfill their potential through equal access to and equity in educational options that lead to the entire spectrum of career choices. Our mission is to build the capacity of those in education to implement effective solutions to increase student access, educational equity, and ultimately workforce diversity. The annual NAPE Equity Champions Awards are given to individuals in education and work who embody a commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Equity is a principle that ensures that every student has what they need to succeed in education. This is in contrast to equality as a principle, where everyone gets the same thing. A commitment to equity is a commitment to addressing individual, institutional and systems level barriers to access and success for students from different social groups and contexts. Inclusion is the commitment in education and work that every individual has unique assets, skills, and perspectives that should be valued. Inclusion recognizes the need for differentiation in order to maximize the learning of individuals in education and work. It also recognizes that environments ought not expect individuals to conform only to certain ways of being, and sees the value of fostering environments in which individuals can be their whole and best selves. Diversity is a principle that values the richness of our community to solve the education and work challenges of today and tomorrow. A commitment to diversity is a recognition that having a wide array of perspectives, identities, cultural lenses, and lived experiences brings great value to any given situation. See below for each of the Award categories for this year. All recipients will be recognized at the Annual National Summit for Educational Equity at the Opening Program on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 in Arlington VA.

NAPE Diversity in Technology Leadership Award

Awarded by NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation

Purpose: To recognize a leader in an organization who is a role model to the national community of excellence in technology and/or STEM. This person demonstrates:

  • the commitment to valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and in their community;
  • the ability to strengthen and broaden business solutions, and the vision to expand knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion in their community;
  • the ability to build and sustain innovation and entrepreneurship;
  • the motivation to build meaningful partnerships with community groups and organizations who have a significant impact on diversity, equity, and inclusion in their communities.

Eligibility: Any person who works in a business, commercial organization, or nonprofit organization focused on technology and/or STEM. They do not need to be affiliated with a NAPE member organization.

Number Given:  1*

Ideal Candidate:  Any person who provides leadership and exceptional results in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion, and in business and/or community-related work focused on technology and/or STEM.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be considered based on their embodiment of the NAPE values within their profession and/or community:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership:

  • Promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in their organization, business, or industry.
  • Collaborates, mentors, and advocates to inspire and develop future leaders from underrepresented groups

Innovation:

  • Is innovative, creative, and agile in moving their business or community forward to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in technology and/or STEM.

Outcome Driven:

  • Uses research- and evidence-based mechanisms to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Demonstrates measurable outcomes showing increased participation of underrepresented groups in technology and/or STEM.

The award committee reserves the right to award more than one award.

2018 Diversity in Technology Leadership award winner
Ellen Barker

Past Years’ Awardees: 

NAPE Unsung Hero Award

Awarded by NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation

Purpose: To honor a person who has managed major projects or programs, works in the trenches daily, and has made a major impact by ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion in education leading to high-wage, high-skill, in-demand careers and programs of study.

Number Given:  1*

Eligibility: Any person who works in government, education/academia, business, or a nonprofit who has received little to no recognition for the work done. They must be from a NAPE member organization that has served as a collaborative partner.

Ideal Candidate:  Any person who has advanced the career and technical education (CTE), STEM or workforce achievement of others through their job or community activities thereby transforming their workplace, community, business, industry, or field beyond typical performance expectations. The ideal candidate for this category should have been thoroughly involved in initiative(s) on a daily basis.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be considered based on their embodiment of the NAPE values within their profession and/or community:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

  • An equity advocate who promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in their organization, business, or industry;
  • Mentors others from underrepresented groups within their organization; and
  • Develops future leaders in their profession and/or community.

Innovation:

  • Is a trailblazer who has demonstrated an ability to create and implement a vision for their area of influence or community;
  • Has a record of successfully motivating employees, colleagues, and/or community members;
  • Mentors colleagues and/or staff, and contributes to industry, government, or the larger community; and
  • Demonstrates “innovative efforts”.

Outcome Driven:

  • Demonstrates success of academic or workforce achievement that has been largely unnoticed but has had a powerful impact in the daily lives of people; and
  • Utilizes data, where appropriate, to validate and promote efforts.

The award committee reserves the right to award more than one award.

NAPE Rising Star Award

Awarded by NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation

Purpose: To honor a person with 10 years or less of work experience, who has demonstrated exemplary leadership traits at an early career point to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and/or the workforce.

Number Given:  1

Eligibility:  Any person from government, industry, nonprofit, or education/academia who is in the beginning career stages.  They must be a NAPE member or from an organization that has served as a collaborative partner with NAPE.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate has distinguished themselves from peers by promoting access, equity, and diversity in the workplace or community and has demonstrated through actions that they embrace the NAPE belief that access to diverse human brain power will help to solve global challenges.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be considered based on their embodiment of the NAPE values within their profession and/or community:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

  • Has undertaken significant tasks that promote equity, access, and diversity at local, state or national levels demonstrating alignment with the values and mission of NAPE;
  • Has a record of inclusion and diversity in advisement, planning, and organization of programs;
  • Participates in the larger equity community;
  • Develops future leaders in their profession and/or community; and
  • Demonstrates leadership skills with the ability to operate effectively in a team, advocates for others and contributes positively to organization operations and working relationships.

Innovation and Agility:

  • Brings value to NAPE by offering new ideas, programs, or mechanisms to foster NAPE’s mission and values;
  • Takes appropriate risks and challenges the status quo; and
  • Has made a contribution to the workplace by showing innovation in planning and implementing a successful project.

Outcome Driven:

  • Demonstrates ability to create and implement programs and procedures to improve educational equity; and
  • Utilizes data, where appropriate, to validate and promote efforts.

The award committee reserves the right to award more than one award.

NAPE Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded by NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation

Purpose: To honor an individual who has shown exemplary dedication to the NAPE organization and its mission.

Number Given:  1*

Eligibility: A person who is now or has previously worked with NAPE and/or NAPE Education Foundation community.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate is a person who has been an active, committed member of NAPE for a sustained period of time and has been instrumental in the development or growth of the organization from a national or state perspective.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be considered based on their embodiment of the NAPE values within their profession and/or community:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

  • Demonstrated commitment to providing opportunities to members of underrepresented groups;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through leadership efforts at the local, state or national levels;
  • Demonstrated commitment to furthering the vision and mission of NAPE and the NAPE Education Foundation, through their own work, and/or through a collaborative effort.

Innovation:

  • Has contributed to NAPE’s ability to grow and sustain itself as an organization while maintaining values of diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Exhibits innovative methods of motivating and mentoring members; and
  • The individual’s leadership has impacted an issue or cause in the community or furthered the work of NAPE.

Outcome Driven:

  • Uses or generates data to help drive NAPE’s mission and values; and
  • Has ownership and accountability for the projects/roles taken on behalf of NAPE/NAPE Education Foundation’s mission and has demonstrated results.

The award committee reserves the right to award more than one award.

NAPE Teamwork Award

Awarded by NAPE and NAPE Education Foundation

Purpose:  Education team that was successful in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in career and technical education (CTE) or STEM.

Number Given:  1*

Eligibility: Any team of educators and/or their partners that serve CTE or STEM students.   The team does not need to be affiliated with NAPE as a member organization.

Ideal Candidates: The ideal team has distinguished itself from peers by promoting access, equity, and diversity in CTE or STEM education and has demonstrated, through actions, that they embrace the NAPE belief that access to diverse human brain power will help to solve global challenges.

Selection Criteria: Candidates must provide clear metrics that demonstrate success in their program or student outcome and will be determined based on their embodiment of the NAPE values:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

  • Develops and strengthens relationships within the profession and/or community by joining efforts to further common goals focused on broadening diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Works effectively as part of a team to successfully accomplish a task or goal in support of its vision and mission of broadening access and success for students/individuals from underrepresented groups; and
  • Builds effective collaborative relationships across the organization to define and solve problems or reach agreements on a course of action while considering multiple perspectives.

Innovation and Agility:

  • Demonstrates ability to create and implement a vision for the team;
  • Works toward implementing a solution in an innovative way; and
  • Displays initiative and persistence in working to overcome barriers by adapting activities or approaches, even in challenging situations.

Outcome Driven:

  • Utilizes data, where appropriate, to inform, validate and promote efforts; and
  • Encourages effective group problem solving, critical thinking, planning, and decision making.

The award committee reserves the right to award more than one award.

Roseburg High School 2019

Past Winners: 

Public Policy Leadership Award

Awarded by NAPE

This two-pronged award recognizes a legislator and an advocate who works in public policy in a nonpartisan capacity to reflect that enacting gender-friendly government policies at a state or national level requires a synergy between the two groups. These recipients have a record of accomplishment in advancing public policy agendas, have served as a mentor to many, and have shown courage to pioneer new ways to promote gender equity despite the risk of resistance.

Purpose: To honor a person who is working to promote access, equity and diversity in government policies at the national or state level.

Eligibility: Any person who works in public policy or the public sector.  He or she does not need to be a NAPE member.

Number Given:  2

Ideal Candidate:  Any person who has accelerated or advanced policy that benefits underserved or underrepresented populations to become better educated and more likely to be self-sufficient.

Selection Criteria: Candidates will be judged based on their embodiment of the NAPE values:

  • Collaborative, Diverse: (1) Mentors others above, below and at the same level and (2) develops future leaders in her profession and/or community.
  • Innovative, Non-partisan, Agile: (1) Has a record of successfully motivating community members to advance a public policy agenda; (2) exhibits innovative methods of motivating and mentoring others to promote and advance a public policy agenda; and (3) demonstrates “pioneering efforts” that display courage but do not always have a successful outcome.
  • Outcome Driven: Demonstrates success at implementing or promoting policy initiatives that advance access, equity, and diversity in education and in the workforce.

Past Winners: 

Congratulations to the 2019 Public Policy Leadership award winners Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA)

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA)

Emerita/Emeritus Award

Awarded by NAPE

Purpose: The Emerita/Emeritus Award recognizes individuals who have dedicated a great deal of time and effort to NAPE through active membership, service on the Executive Committee, or provision of equivalent services to advance the organization’s growth,  skill level, or leadership capacity. Emerita/Emeritus Awardees shall be honored with a personal membership in the organization (as opposed to state or affiliate membership). They shall be considered as a valued mentor and be kept apprised of NAPE’s development. From time to time, They may be invited to play a continued role in advocating for NAPE or consulted for particular knowledge and abilities.

Number Given: 1

Eligibility: The awardee must be retired from employment in an equity-related capacity and

  • Must have been an active member of NAPE for a minimum of five years prior to retirement; and
  • Must be nominated for the award by a member of NAPE in good standing.

Criteria: The emerita/emeritus membership may be awarded by the NAPE Executive Committee to individuals meeting the following criteria:

  • Must have served as a member of the Executive Committee for a minimum of three years, OR
  • Provided NAPE with services deemed to be of substantial value to the organization, such as the development of equity resource materials, presentations at the Professional Development Institute, or other contributions as determined by the Executive Committee

2017 Emerita Award Winner
Mary Bunn

NAPE and the NAPE Education Foundation honor the award winners each year at the National Summit for Educational Equity.

If you have any feedback on the awards website or process, please contact Award Committee Chair, Randall Butt at randall.butt@wyo.gov.