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The Erinn Phelan Award

The Erinn Phelan Award, instituted in 2011, is granted to the delegate at BUSUN who demonstrates the greatest commitment to the empowerment of women.

This very special award is given in honor of Erinn Phelan, a former BUSUN Secretary-General. Erinn was working as a coordinator in Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC Civic Corps when she was the victim of a hit-and-run accident. She was at that time accompanied by her close friend, Alma Guerrero, who is also a former BUSUN Secretary-General.

BUSUN would like to honor these women and hopes that the award will serve to motivate all delegates to deepen their awareness of and commitment to women's empowerment.

The Erinn Phelan Award is presented to the delegate that best embodies the following qualities: visionary leadership, dedication, and unwavering commitment to service. Award selection will be based on the following criteria:

  1. All interested delegates must submit a current resume.
  2. Applicants must also submit a short response to the prompt below.

    In keeping with the theme of BUSUN XXIII, Engagement through the Ages, the Secretariat would like to encourage delegates to think critically about the activists and movements that have paved the way for key societal advancements. However, it is important to note that tremendous impacts are often made by people who are later forgotten or written out of history books. For the 2019 Erinn Phelan Award, delegates should select one impactful individual or movement that has positively influenced society without receiving much recognition, discuss their legacy, and analyze their contribution to present-day movements, communities, or modern society in general. We encourage delegates to think both locally and globally as they search for their unsung hero. Please respond to this prompt in no more than 500 words and be specific when describing the impacts that this person or movement has made.

Both of these documents must be submitted to by Friday, November 8th at 5:00 PM.

Applicants reaching the next round will be offered a 15-minute interview with the Secretaries-General during BUSUN weekend. The Secretaries-General will also consult with committee chairs to review candidates' position papers and performance in committee.

The winner of this award will be announced at closing ceremonies and will receive $500 to be donated to the 501(c)(3) charitable organization of their choice.