AAHHE Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues Award

The AAHHE Outstanding Support Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and support of AAHHE’s mission. This individual need not be an educator but one who has made significant contributions to higher education as a community leader, civic leader, elected or appointed official, etc.


2021 AAHHE Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues Award Recipient

Ester Elena Mulnix, PhD
Journal of Hispanic Higher Education


Ester Elena Mulnix, PhD is a consultant for national and international institutions and government organizations regarding multicultural communication. For 18 years, she has been the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. Mulnix is also a social sciences professor at the American University of Iraq, Baghdad.

She was born and raised in Monterrey, NL, México. Mulnix grew up with her mother, grandmother, and four siblings and was 16 years old when she began working full time to contribute to the family. Her mother, grandmother, and oldest sister were sources of inspiration and motivation to achieve. She received merit scholarships for her college and graduate degrees. She has a bachelor's in science (Universidad Regiomontana), a degree in psychology (Universidad de Monterrey) and a master’s in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the (Instituto de Psychoterapia, México). Mulnix has a PhD in counselor education and supervision, with a minor in psychology, and an emphasis in multiculturalism from Syracuse University. Read more...

List of past recipients of the AAHHE Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues Award:

  • 2020 Dolores Huerta
  • 2019 John Burkhardt
  • 2018 Richard Tapia
  • 2017 Irma Alemar Lawrence
  • 2016 Marie T. Mora
  • 2015 Jamie P. Merisotis
  • 2014 Stephen Jordan
  • 2013 Charles B. Reed
  • 2012 Juan Andrade
  • 2012 Jeanett Castellanos
  • 2011 Enrique G. Murillo, Jr.
  • 2010 Carlos Velez-Ibanez
  • 2009 Peter Rosa
  • 2008 Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez
  • 2007 Eddie Perez
  • 2006 Kurt M. Landgraf
  • 2005 Eugene Garcia
  • 2004 Louis Fernandez
  • 2003 Rick Noriega
  • 2002 Roberto Haro
  • 2001 Jesús Rangel
  • 2000 Art Ruiz
  • 1999 Rubén Hinojosa
  • 1998 Irma Lerma Rangel
  • 1997 Raúl Yzaguirre
  • 1996 Robert Atwell
  • 1995 José López-Isa
  • 1994 Ada López
  • 1993 José Serrano
  • 1992 Edward Apodaca
  • 1991 Ernesto Rodríguez
  • 1990 Eloy Rodríguez
  • 1989 Isaura Santiago
  • 1988 David Hamburg
  • 1987 Allison Bernstein