2022 AAHHE Awards Call for Nominations is now OPEN!

Submission Deadline Extension: October 5, 2021 

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education is proud to sponsor the 2022 AAHHE Awards. The AAHHE Awards have been developed to honor individuals who, through their expertise, energy, productivity, and contributions, have improved the conditions of Latinx community members pursuing post-secondary education or a career in higher education.  The awards are presented annually at the AAHHE National Conference.

The 2022 AAHHE Awards Call for Nominations is open to any Latinx leader, scholar, teacher or artist who has advocated, supported, and champion Latinx community members in higher education in the following award categories:

The Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award is given to an outstanding administrator in the field of higher education who has demonstrated excellence in academe and its related professions. Sponsored by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.

The Community College Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in advocacy, teaching, or leadership and has provided significant contributions to the community college enterprise. The Community College Award has previously been sponsored by UPS.

The Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and support of AAHHE’s mission. This individual need not be an educator but one who has made significant contributions to higher education as a community leader, civic leader, elected or appointed official, etc.

The William Aguilar Cultural Arts Award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the understanding of the national Latino community and/or culture through the fine, creative, and performing arts.

The Founders' Award is given in the spirit of the extraordinary leadership, stewardship, and courage evidenced by the founding members of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. This award honors an individual or organization demonstrating an exemplary commitment to advancing access and success of the Latinx population in higher education; evidencing a pioneering spirit in forging transformational avenues and inclusionary opportunities that support and promote Latinx issues; and achieving outstanding accomplishments aligned with AAHHE’s mission.

Nomination Process
The call for nominations for the 2022 AAHHE Awards opens on August 12, 2021. The deadline for submission of nominations via the AAHHE submissions portal has been extended to Tuesday, October 5, 2021. Nominees are encouraged to be AAHHE members, but membership is not required to apply. Self-nominations are encouraged. Current AAHHE Board of Directors members are ineligible to be nominated to the AAHHE Awards. Nominees will be notified by mid-October 2021.

How to Apply
A nomination form must be completed via the AAHHE submissions portal no later than Tuesday, October 5, 2021, by 11:59 pm ET. At the end of the nomination form, individuals will be required to upload a 2-page max nomination letter (PDF) and the nominee’s resume or CV (PDF) as separate documents. The completion of the nomination form and the submission of nominations document need to be completed sequentially no later than Tuesday, October 5, 2021, by 11:59 pm ET. Please ensure that you have all nomination materials ready as PDF documents before starting the nomination form on the portal.

Important Dates and Deadlines
The schedule below, in addition to providing important dates and deadlines, provides additional information about the process.

August 12, 2021
2022 AAHHE Awards Call for Nominations opens via AAHHE submissions portal.

October 5, 2021
2022 AAHHE Awards Call for Nominations closes. By this date, the nominee’s nomination letter and resume (or curriculum vitae) have been submitted via the AAHHE submissions portal.

Mid-October, 2021
Notifications are sent to award winners.

October 15, 2021
By this date, a 200-word biography (MSWord) and a professional photo (JPEG) have been submitted for the award winner via the AAHHE submissions portal (link will open at a later date).

February – March, 2022
Announcements will be posted on the AAHHE website and press releases will go out to the AAHHE membership at large.

March 11, 2022
Award winners will be recognized at the awards luncheon at the 2022 AAHHE National Conference and are required to be available either in-person or virtually on March 11, 2022 to receive the award.


What recognition will be given to the winners?
Award winners will be presented with an AAHHE Award on Friday March 11, 2022 as they are recognized at the awards ceremony of the 2022 AAHHE National Conference.  Award winners are required to be available either in-person or virtually on March 11, 2022 to receive the award. Awardees unable to attend the awards ceremony will be linked virtually to the conference. If traveling to the 2022 AAHHE National Conference, no compensation will be provided for the registration fee, travel, lodging, etc.


If you have any questions about the competition, please contact: AAHHE Executive Director Dr. Lucia Gutiérrez at [email protected].



Revised September 27, 2021