The Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) is pleased to announce that the nomination process for a wide variety of awards and grants is open! The recipients of these awards and grants will be recognized during the 2020 ACA Annual Conference held in San Diego.  In addition, these recipients and their accomplishments will be featured in the AMCD Newsletter and on the official AMCD website. We encourage you to nominate those you believe to be eligible and to share this call with others.




Please keep in mind that when making a nomination you will need to submit the following documents in a single PDF file:

  1. Complete Awards/Nominee Form
  2. Narrative (up to 2000 words)
  • For awards: please describe why you or the person you are nominating is eligible for this award
  1. Recent professional experience
  2. Contribution to multiculturalism
  3. Awards and Honors
  4. Publications and presentations
  5. Leadership and service
  • For grants: please describe what this initiative is and how it will further support the mission of AMCD
  1. Curriculum Vitae (2 pages max)
  2. Two (2) letters of support (a description of the reasons why you think the nominee is deserving of this recognition.)

All nominations must be submitted electronically by 5pm PST January 20, 2020. All supporting documents are to be scanned and emailed as a single PDF file to the Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Latinia M. Shell at with “AMCD Nomination” in the subject line. Other formats and multiple attachments will not be accepted. All nominations will be reviewed according to the guidelines and requirements as listed for each award. The Awards Committee will notify all nominees and nominators of the outcome by approximately March 1, 2020. For more information, please contact Dr. Latinia M. Shell.


  • AMCD Research Grants are open to all AMCD members and are designed to fund initiatives that support the mission of AMCD. Two grants of $250 each are available.


  • Daya & Mrs. Usha K. Sandhu Multicultural Counseling/Diversity Student Research Awardrecognizes an AMCD student member who has embarked on research in the area of multicultural counseling. Recipients are student members of AMCD who are enrolled in graduate school at the time of the nomination. Decisions are based on the quality of the research papers submitted. Up to two (2) grants of $250 each will be awarded


  • Samuel H. Johnson Distinguished Service Award honors an AMCD member whose service at the local, state, national, or international level has stimulated interest in multicultural counseling and development and/or enhanced the well-being of members of the populations served by AMCD.


  • Kitty Cole Human Rights Award honors an AMCD member whose work has exemplified AMCD’s commitment to human rights and made a significant contribution in one or more areas of the broad spectrum of human rights.


  • Professional Development Award honors an AMCD member who has created original models or techniques that have shed new light on multicultural counseling and development.


  • Advocacy Award honors an AMCD member who has exemplified competent practice in advocacy and/or fostered an awareness of advocacy among members of the counseling profession.


  • Exemplary Diversity Leadership Award honors an AMCD member who has exemplified a career-long commitment to multiculturalism and diversity and/or promoted and enhanced cultural sensitivity among members of the counseling community and the society at large.


  • Young Emerging Leader Award honors an early-career AMCD member who has demonstrated a commitment to multicultural counseling and development and the potential for future leadership in the counseling profession.


  • Emerging Graduate Student Leader Award honors an AMCD student member who has demonstrated a commitment to multicultural counseling and development through outstanding scholarship, service, or leadership.


  • Compadrazgo/Comadrazgo Award honors a member of the Latina/o Network of AMCD who is active in the mentorship of Latina/o counseling students or professionals, demonstrates commitment to multiculturalism and social justice, and has demonstrated leadership (or leadership potential) within the Latina/o Network.


  • Asa Hillard, III Black Education Scholarship honors an ACA and AMCD student member who has demonstrated a strong commitment to the promotion of wholeness among individuals of African descent. This commitment must be demonstrated in the application essay, work in the community, and current scholarship. The scholarship recipient will receive a non-renewable award in the amount of $350.00 to support scholarly pursuits related to Black education. This award has its own nomination procedures. Nominations should be sent directly to Dr. CirecieWest-Olatunji at for the Asa Hillard Scholarship Award
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