We encourage interested COM students to nominate themselves, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Faculty, Staff and Students are also welcome to nominate a graduating student who demonstrates outstanding work in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The Erin Victoria Edwards Award for Leadership Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will be given to College of Communication seniors and graduate students who are outstanding leaders in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at Boston University, the College of Communication, and in the community. Erin Victoria Edwards is a former student of Boston University College of Communication, who showed outstanding leadership through her DEI initiatives.

Award winners will have demonstrated strong leadership work in the field of DEI as related to their major fields of study, professional activities and internships, in the classroom, or in their communities at large. This is a prestigious student honor conferred by the DEI Committee of the College of Communication.

Each winner will receive a $500 monetary award, an honor cord to wear with their commencement regalia and an award certificate.

Students who wish to be considered for The Erin Victoria Edwards Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion may nominate themselves if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Intend to graduate from Boston University College of Communication in January 2024, May 2024, or August 2024.
  2. Undergraduate students must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 or higher and Graduate students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher; a member of the DEI committee will verify your GPA upon nomination
  3. Complete the web-based application form (see below).
  4. Submit a resume and/or portfolio that outlines relevant DEI involvement.
  5. Submit a personal essay outlining your commitment to and involvement in DEI work.
  6. Ask a mentor familiar with your DEI work to submit a letter of recommendation to the COM DEI committee at comdei@bu.edu no later than the application deadline specified below.

Faculty, Staff and Students who wish to nominate a student for The Erin Victoria Edwards Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion may do so if they meet the following criteria: 

  1. Nominate a student who intends to graduate from Boston University College of Communication in January 2024, May 2024, or September 2024.
  2. Undergraduate nominees must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 or higher and Graduate nominees must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher; a member of the DEI committee will verify the student’s GPA upon nomination
  3. Complete the web-based application form (see below).
  4. Submit a written statement or letter of recommendation outlining why you are nominating the student, and how they have demonstrated outstanding involvement in DEI work.
  5. The student will be asked by a member of the DEI Committee to submit a resume and/or portfolio that outlines relevant DEI involvement, as well as a personal statement about their involvement with DEI work to complete their nomination to comdei@bu.edu no later than the application deadline specified below.

Submissions will be evaluated by a subcommittee of The COM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, comprised of student peers and at least one faculty or staff member. Students who wish to nominate themselves for the award, or who were nominated by someone else, will not be eligible to judge the award recipients. The subcommittee will select up to one winner from each department at the Undergraduate level, and one overall winner at the Graduate level. 

Undergraduate students pursuing a COM double major should indicate in their personal essay the department through which they choose to apply (only one department per application is allowed). If nominated by a faculty member, staff member or another student, please specify the department  of nomination for COM double majors.

Deadline: Monday, March 18th, 2024 at 11:59 pm

  • All application materials must be uploaded as part of the web-form or emailed to the COM DEI Committee at comdei@bu.edu no later than the final deadline on Monday, March 18th, 2024 at 11:59 pm.
  • If you are nominating a student, please leave plenty of time for the nominee to put together their resume and/or portfolio, and their personal statement, by the final deadline.