Martha Enciso, associate vice president for the Division of Student Affairs, was recently named 2023 Mena Valdez Award winner by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Enciso received the honor of Outstanding Senior Student Affairs Officer Award, making her the 10th individual to receive the accolade and the first from Cal State Fullerton.
According to naspa.org, the award is “presented to a Senior Student Affairs Officer that has provided the advice and energy to the Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community that advanced the organization’s success.” Additionally, the award criteria includes this Senior Student Affairs Officer providing “leadership and guidance to Latinx/a/o in higher education” and serving as “an inspiration to new Student Affairs professionals.”
Since joining Cal State Fullerton, Enciso has made remarkable strides serving students alongside her team in the Identity and Belonging area within the Division of Student Affairs. Athletics Academic Services, Center for Scholars, Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers, Male Success Initiative-Fullerton, Student Support Services and Veterans Resource Center have all been commended across campus and in the community for their work. Moreover, Enciso spearheaded the opening of the Transfer, Adult, Parenting & Pregnant (TAPP) Students Center to meet the needs of an important CSUF demographic.