Mission Integration Awards

As the voice for student affairs professionals in Catholic higher education, ASACCU annually presents the Best Practices in Mission Integration awards to highlight and recognize best practices in various student affairs areas. The programs that are recognized each year intentionally articulate Catholic identity as an integral part of a student affairs program. Through the mutual sharing of ideas and their practical applications, ASACCU hopes to foster dialogue to deepen our members’ understanding of the interplay between Catholic identity and the ever-changing complexity of contemporary circumstances and student experiences on our campuses.

The categories for the Mission Integration Awards submissions are:

  • Dean of Students, Residence Life, Health & Wellness, and related
  • Student Activities, Leadership, Orientation, and related
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and related

Programs submitted for consideration should be original to your campus. Programs that are developed based on common curriculum and objectives, especially as developed by outside vendors or companies, will not be considered. Each individual submission should be made in only one category.

2023 Award Winners

Dean of Students, Residence Life, Health & Wellness, and related

 Gabriel Pillay Award Winner

The INSIPIRE Leadership Certificate (INSPIRE= INspired by Service, Purpose, Industry, Responsibility & Engagement)

Gabriel Pillay, Executive Director, Strategy and Planning, Dean of Students, Corpus Christi College & St. Marks College.

The INSPIRE Leadership certificate program goes beyond preparing students for their future careers and academic success. It also aims to develop skills and aptitudes that will help them set goals, find purpose, and commit to serving their community. The curriculum includes activities that identify and strengthen habits and attitudes crucial for personal leadership development. Students will also learn about the relationship between leadership and community involvement, exploring concepts such as philanthropy, volunteerism, civic responsibility, and social change. The program comprises four courses, all geared towards nurturing students' leadership potential.

Student Activities, Leadership, Orientation, and related

Nelson & O'Keefe Award Winner

Celebrating the Five Freedoms: Loyola Marymount University’s First Amendment Week

Tom Nelson, Director of Student Media, & Kevin O'Keeffe, Assistant Director of Student Media, Loyola Marymount University.

First Amendment Week (FAW) launched more than two decades ago with a few small events that celebrated the freedoms in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights. Today, the annual event is a widely anticipated university-wide collaboration — and most crucially, intimately connected to LMU's mission. Join us to discuss the importance of events such as FAW in an increasingly polarized world as well as explore ways you can bring a similar event to your campus (even on a tight budget!).

Diversity, Inclusion, and related

aaron voth award winner

“Listen with the Ear of Your Heart”: A Benedictine Approach to Interfaith Dialogue

Aaron Voth, Director of CSB Campus Ministry, Interim Director of Student Activities & Leadership Development, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.

This session will discuss the development and implementation of the Interfaith Leadership Team (ILT), a ministry of Campus Ministry at the College of Saint Benedict, which programs around religious diversity and interfaith dialogue. Learn how the program came about, the stages of its development, and the lessons we have learned along the way.