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Serjio Acevedo, Pacific's Director of Multicultural Affairs, will be awarded the Region VI Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award by NASPA, the nation's largest organization of student affairs administrators in higher education, on Friday, Nov. 18.

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Pacific’s Director of Multicultural Affairs will be Honored by NASPA

by Lily PenfoldNov 11, 2011

Serjio Acevedo, Pacific's Director of Multicultural Affairs, will be awarded the Region VI Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award by NASPA, the nation's largest organization of student affairs administrators in higher education, on Friday, Nov. 18. The annual award recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to the profession and who have contributed to programs that address the needs of students.

NASPA, with more than 12,000 members, recognizes individuals who stand for the association's core values and who have distinguished themselves within their communities.

"Serjio is deserving of this recognition of his outstanding leadership," said Elizabeth Griego, vice president of Student Life and one of several people who nominated Acevedo for the award.  "He exemplifies the ideals and practice of inclusive excellence and establishes Pacific as a place of caring, acceptance, encouragement, and observance between and among persons of different backgrounds."

Letters to NASPA nominating Acevedo for the award mentioned numerous achievements, including his leadership in the Multicultural Center and his involvement with the Latina-Latino Knowledge Community - which won a NASPA Achievement Award for Collaboration and Visibility in 2010 and 2011.

Acevedo is dedicated to the creation and sustainability of an inclusive community across cultural boundaries, sexual orientation, gender, and other social identities, Griego said. Whether he is advising students on Pacific's United Cultural Council or partnering with regional colleagues on models of excellence and change, Acevedo works to advance diversity and social justice on campus and in NASPA, she added.

Acevedo was notified of the award earlier this month. It will be presented at a conference in San Diego.

For more information on NASPA visit http://www.naspa.org/.