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A Message From Gisela P. Vega

Dr. Gisela P. Vega is completing her 29th year in higher education. Passionate about diversity education, social justice, mentorship, and addressing issues of access and choice in higher education, her research areas include gender and sexuality issues, global human rights, and sexual minorities in higher education. Dr. Vega is the Director for the LGBTQ Center and adjunct faculty in Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Miami. She served as the inaugural LGBTQ professional at Florida International University’s LGBTQ Initiatives Program, the first of its kind in any south Florida college or university. As adjunct professor with the Center for Women’s and Gender studies, she assisted in establishing the Queer Studies Certificate program. In 2019, Gisela received the National LGBTQ Task Force’s prestigious Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award. Her ACPA service emerged in the early 90’s, serving as one of the original Beyond Tolerance Roadshow trainers. Vega’s leadership roles in professional organizations span three decades, including LGBTQ Standing Committee Chair. She holds a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Florida International University, masters in Instructional Leadership, and two bachelors of fine arts in Art Education and Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Providing students with personalized attention is at the heart of her 29+ years of service in Higher Education.
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In Support of ACPA Foundation

Founded in 1994 during the presidency of Charles Schroeder, the purpose of the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation (501c3 non-profit organization) is “to enhance the student affairs profession and to generate and disseminate knowledge of college students at all levels within higher education” (Article Three of the Articles of Incorporation). The organization is now known as the ACPA Foundation to more concisely communicate its role as the fundraising arm of ACPA College Student Educators International.

The Mission - The ACPA Foundation exists to support the priorities and activities of ACPA by raising funds and developing resources that help the Association fulfill its mission. 

The Vision - The ACPA Foundation will develop sufficient assets to effectively and sustainably fund ACPA’s efforts to provide excellent professional development opportunities to members, advance knowledge in the field, and support the transformative effect of education in the lives of college students.

In order to fulfill its purpose and mission, the Foundation invites members and non-members alike to provide philanthropic support for ACPA's vital initiatives involving research, scholarship, professional development and leadership program.