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Higher Education alumnus selected as ACPA Diamond Honoree

October 29, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

Juan R. Guardia

Alumnus Juan R. Guardia has been selected as an American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Diamond Honoree. The Diamond Honoree program is an unrestricted fund administered by the ACPA Foundation to raise funds for ACPA program initiatives and has generated over $800,000 since its inception in 1999. Recipients are recognized for their outstanding and sustained contributions to higher education and to student affairs.

Guardia graduated from FSU in 2001 with his M.S. in Higher Education. After attaining his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Administration from Iowa State University, he returned to FSU. From 2008-2012, Guardia served as Adjunct Faculty in the Higher Education program and Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs in the Division of Student Affairs at FSU. He has also worked at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and George Mason University.

Since 2002, Guardia has been actively involved in various leadership roles with ACPA, including Next Generation Conference Co-Chair, Preconvention Programs Chair, and Latina/o Network Co-Chair. He received several association honors and awards including the Latina/o Network Dr. John Hernandez Leadership Award, Annuit Coeptis Emerging Professional, and Outstanding Contribution to the Standing Committee for Multicultural Affairs.

He also held leadership roles in other national associations, including NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, serves as a Lead Facilitator for LeaderShape, and as Chair of the National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations, a national coalition of 17 Latino/a fraternities and sororities in the United States. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees for his fraternity, Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Guardia will receive the award at the 2016 ACPA annual convention in Montreal, Canada.

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