The WGS Community Impact Award 

Deadline to submit: April 15, 2024

The WGS Community Impact Award is presented to outstanding BU students whose research &/or advocacy work has made a significant, positive impact on Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC) communities in ways related to the field of WGS. This award emphasizes the value of students’ enduring commitment to serving marginalized communities, both during and after obtaining their degree. The award honors Christa Rose and WGS alumni’s legacy of student advocacy and celebrates individuals who exemplify the values of social justice, inclusivity, and dedication to the well-being and advancement of marginalized communities. 

Award Criteria

  • Significant Positive Impact: Research &/or advocacy work that demonstrates a positive impact on BIPOC communities
  • Long-Term Commitment: Dedication to ongoing engagement with & service to marginalized communities, extending beyond degree program requirements
  • Centering Marginalization: Research &/or advocacy work that actively centers the experiences of individuals who face multiple forms of marginalization & oppression, with a particular emphasis on addressing topics that are historically underrepresented within the field of WGS. Priority will be given to work that addresses any or all of the following:
    • Black, Indigenous, &/or Latinx/é identities
    • Transgender &/or gender-expansive identities
    • Low-income &/or first-generation student statuses
    • (Dis)ability &/or neurodivergence


  • Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student at Boston University
  • Must have completed at least one (1) Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGS) course.

Submission Instructions:

  • Please submit your nomination (including self-nominations) no later than April 15, 2024 at 11:59p ET. If you have any questions, please email


Nominations should detail the nominee’s related research and/or advocacy work and can come from faculty and from students. Self-nominations will also be accepted. We especially encourage nominations of/for students from multiply-marginalized backgrounds.