Through this award, the Academy recognizes and celebrates the contributions of the late Academy Fellow Philip J. Rutledge. Professor Rutledge was the founding chair of the Academy's Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance, the Social Equity Leadership Conference, and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Social Equity Luncheon. He was a visionary leader who was a catalyst for making social equity one of the pillars of public administration and worked to infuse social equity into the curriculum of NASPAA-accredited programs.
The Philip J. Rutledge Social Equity Leadership Award will be presented annually at the Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC). The Award recipient will be selected based on their exceptional contributions to the Academy's Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance and to advancing social equity in public administration. A nominee for this award must be an elected Academy Fellow in good standing who has served on the Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance for at least five years. Nominees must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and present evidence of achieving social change with an emphasis on developing and promoting concrete actions with lasting impact.
The winner of the Philip J. Rutledge Social Equity Leadership Award will be announced at the Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference and their profile will be published on the Academy website along with their professional biography and photograph.
How to Nominate
2021 Social Equity Leadership Conference
Don't miss our 20th annual Social Equity Leadership Conference taking place virtually June 9-11, 2021! This year's conference theme is “Fostering Social Equity: Innovation and Change” signifying an emphasis on developing and promoting concrete actions with lasting impact. The conference will include seven educational tracks with a range of lectures and workshops.