Lewandowski Award for Humanitarian Activities

Recognizing humanitarian efforts.

The Lewandowski Award for Humanitarian Activities preserves and honors the memory of Richard J. Lewandowski, recognizing and encouraging the involvement of members and affiliates in humanitarian efforts. Read about Richard J. Lewandowski.


To be eligible for this award, an individual member, group of members or affiliates must have engaged in activities relating to one or more of the following:

  • Worked to promote racial, ethnic, gender, or sexual orientation equity in the education profession;
  • Worked to improve intergroup relations and understanding among racial/ethnic groups;
  • Made a significant contribution to understanding, peace and cooperation among nations of the world;
  • Worked to enhance opportunities and education programs for special education students;
  • Developed products or activities that have promoted social equity and justice;
  • Been identified and recognized for these activities by the community.


  1. Nominees may be individual members or groups of members of a WEAC affiliate. Affiliates or groups of affiliates may also be nominated.
  2. Nominations may be made by any member of a WEAC affiliate, a local affiliate or Region, or by the WEAC Board of Directors and must be supported by appropriate documentation.
  3. Appropriate documentation accompanying each nomination may include: newspaper clippings, newsletter, programs, certificates, citations, photographs (of the nominee, trophies, and/or plaques), scrapbooks (could contain all of the above), or audio tapes (although transcripts are preferred).
  4. Only persons or organizations whose humanitarian activities have had community-wide impact are eligible for this award.
  5. All nominations must be submitted on the official nomination and documentation forms (attached as Form 5). The forms may be duplicated. Only one name may be submitted on a form. Forms must be received no later than February 1.