Greer Dawson Wilson was a trailblazer for
equality and access within ACUI, higher education, and the greater
global community. Known for her smile and exuberant laugh, Wilson served
as the first black woman president of the Association in 1989, annual
conference chair for the 1987 Boston conference featuring Dr. Maya
Angelou, and chair of the Committee on Minority Programs (COMP). She
received the Butts-Whiting Award, our association’s highest honor for
her extraordinary contributions to ACUI and the profession.
Wilson spent her life working to increase
the understanding and appreciation of individuals from all races,
genders, cultures, and backgrounds. This award seeks to honor her legacy
by providing talented professionals of color and women the opportunity
to enjoy professional development opportunities that will allow them to
advance their careers as community builders within the student
activities and college union profession.