Hillel International today announced that Hillel’s Ask Big Questions initiative has been selected to receive the inaugural Outstanding Program award by the Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion & Meaning at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
Ask Big Questions is an educational initiative that brings diverse college students together for conversations that help people understand themselves and others. These conversations create community and inspire action. Since 2011, Ask Big Questions has trained more than 1,000 students, faculty, and staff on more than 75 college campuses, who have in turn engaged more than 35,000 students in intentional, reflective, communal conversations.
The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery. ACPA has over 7,500 members representing 1,200 private and public institutions from across the U.S. and around the world.
“Hillel plays a unique educational role on campus as an organization that is uniquely Jewish and universally human,” said Eric Fingerhut, President and CEO of Hillel International. “We are honored to be recognized for the success of Ask Big Questions in encouraging meaningful conversations that matter to all college students.”
Assistant Vice-President of Student Life at University of Toronto, Lucy Fromowitz, nominated Ask Big Questions for the Outstanding Program Award. “Ask Big Questions has hit on one of the most important, and frequently overlooked factors that go into building stronger campus communities that can support our students: We need to model, and to teach, a better way to ask questions,” Fromowitz said.
The Outstanding Program Award will be presented at the annual ACPA Convention on March 6 in Tampa, Florida.