The M. Eugene Wiggins Leadership Award acknowledges the importance of leaders and leadership development that support NBASLH’s mission of addressing the needs of Black professionals, students and individuals with communication disorders. This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in carrying out the goals of the organization in the community or employment settings.
Mr. M. Eugene Wiggins exemplifies the commitment of the organization through his well-recognized leadership activities and skills. He is one of the co-founders of NBASLH and served as its Executive Director from 1988-2002. As a leader of the organization and clinic director at the University of the District of Columbia, he immersed himself passionately in the recruitment and training of minority students in the professions, as well as educating students regarding best clinical practices for diverse populations. His leadership qualities excelled as he obtained on-going funding to support students, developed dissemination activities addressing the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students and professionals, served as a consultant to major professional organizations and cultivated mentor relationships. These qualities are worthy of being emulated by other professionals who hope to influence the professions as has Mr. Wiggins. His work has impacted not only African-Americans but other culturally and linguistically diverse populations, especially Hispanics. Because of his leadership, more doors are open to minorities who wish to join the professional ranks.
This award is an honor of distinction for the recipient (i.e., individual, team, agency, corporation or academic institution). The recipient of this award of distinction will be recognized during NBASLH's Annual Convention.