Vyas receives early career achievement award from NASPA

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Yashwant Prakash Vyas, assistant director of Diversity Resources in the University of Iowa Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, was awarded the 2020 NASPA Region IV-East Outstanding New Professional Award. Vyas will receive the award virtually since the annual NASPA Region IV-East Conference will not be held in person this year due to the COVID pandemic.

Professional photo of Yashwant Vyas

NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education is the largest association in student affairs with a diverse network of 15,000 professionals and 1,200 institutions across the globe.  NASPA Region IV-East encompasses the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota; and the Canadian province of Ontario.

This award is given for exemplary performance, active involvement in NASPA, and significant promise for future leadership roles in the student affairs profession.

Vyas serves on the University of Iowa Staff Council; coordinates various campus wide programs (Diversity Catalyst Seed Grant, Women’s Leadership Initiative, International Students Affinity Graduation, Alliant Energy Scholarships); and has and continues to serve on several university committees (COVID Mental Health Recovery and Postvention Planning Committee, Spring Transition Task Force, Staff Council HR Committee, Campus Inclusion Team, Implicit Bias Training Task Force, CHOOSE Committee). He has presented peer-reviewed educational programs at the annual meetings of national and international scholarly professional associations such as the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). He has developed and facilitated various leadership and diversity trainings/talks at national and international leadership events.

Vyas is a member of numerous honor societies including the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society. Highlights in his list of national and international recognitions include NASPA NOW Professional Award for Inclusion (an early career achievement award), the Golden Key International Honor Society Outstanding Academic Leader Award, and recently, in May, he was awarded the 2020 Edward S. Blankenship Outstanding Staff Award from Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars