April 14, 2021
The Revis A. Cox Memorial Award honors the passion of professionals who contribute relentless support for multicultural education and social justice through their leadership on a college campus.
Keith T. Kowalka, the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs - Student Life at the University of Houston, has been named the recipient of the 2020 ACUI Revis A. Cox Memorial Award. This prestigious ACUI award honors the passion of professionals who contribute relentless support for multicultural education and social justice through their leadership on a college campus.
Keith has been a major contributor in the area of multicultural education and social justice both at the University of Houston and within ACUI. At the University of Houston, Kowalka served as a member of a task force that provided the research and foundational aspirations for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. He also created a Diversity and Inclusion Committee for Student Life and co-founded the Diversity Education Consortium, a group of staff and faculty committed to creating a more inclusive campus environment, at the university. Within ACUI, Kowalka was previously on the Council for Diversity & Inclusion, the ACUI Diversity & Inclusion Self-Assessment Report Working Group, and currently serves as the co-chair for the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Program Team.
"I am deeply honored to receive the ACUI 2020 Revis A. Cox Award for my work at the University of Houston and the association for leadership in multicultural education and social justice. It is tremendously humbling to have respected colleagues and leaders take time out of their lives to nominate me in this area which is such an important and passionate area of work in the student affairs field for me."
About Keith T. Kowalka:
Keith has served as the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs – Student Life since January 2012 and provides leadership, strategic vision, organization, and innovation for the development and delivery of programs, services, and facilities focusing on learning and student engagement while enriching the campus life experience. Keith provides administrative oversight to the following departments: A.D. Bruce Religion Center/Campus Ministries Association, Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life, Center for Student Involvement, Center for Student Media, the LGBTQ Resource Center, Student Centers, Student Affairs and Enrollment IT Services and is the Advisor to the Student Government Association. He is involved in several Student Affairs professional associations and has held various leadership positions. Currently, he is a member of ACUI, TACUSPA – Texas Association of College & University Student Personnel Administrators, ACPA – College Student Educators International, and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.