Dr. Phillip “Flapp” Cockrell, UToledo vice president for student affairs, was honored last month at the American College Personnel Association Annual Convention in Boston.
He is the 2019 recipient of the Pan African Network’s Erica Holloman Award for Distinguished Service, as well as the American College Personnel Association — Overall Coalition Advocate Award.The Holloman Award spotlights a professional who has made significant personal and professional contributions to enhance the mission and vision of the American College Personnel Association’s Pan African Network.
“The American College Personnel Association Awards are an opportunity to share appreciation and gratitude, to honor and celebrate, and to give back to those doing stellar work, research and scholarship,” Chris Moody, executive director of the association, said.
Cockrell has been involved with the Pan African Network for 13 years. The network provides programs and resources that service the needs of American College Personnel Association members who identify with — and support the causes of — the Pan African community.
While serving as chair in 2011, he advocated on behalf of students and professionals from underserved populations and assisted with programming efforts at colleges and universities across the country.
“I am honored to receive this recognition and represent The University of Toledo,” Cockrell said. “I have a passion for educating and promoting diversity and inclusion that encourage tolerance, respect and appreciation of others.”
His scholarly interests focus on the experiences of first-generation, low-income, African-American students in post-secondary institutions.
It’s a subject close to his heart.
“My many identities include first-generation and low-income. The Upward Bound Program introduced me to a world of possibilities and provided me with the tools and skills to be successful in my post-secondary endeavors,” he said.
Cockrell joined the University in 2016 and was named vice president of student affairs in 2018. He is responsible for the conduct, counseling and advocacy of UToledo students, and he oversees student life activities, including residence halls and more than 250 student organizations, as well as the Thompson Student Union.