The Erinn Phelan Award

BUSUN is proud to continue the special award instituted in 2011 – the Erinn Phelan Award, in honor of Erinn Phelan, to be given to the delegate at BUSUN who demonstrates the greatest commitment to the empowerment of women.

Erinn Phelan, a former BUSUN Secretary-General, was working as a coordinator in Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC Civic Corps when she was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Brooklyn, NY. She was at that time accompanied by her close friend, also a former BUSUN Secretary-General, Alma Guerrero.

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. In selecting the award, BUSUN will employ the following screening process:

  1. All interested delegates will be asked to submit a resume and a personal statement responding to the following prompt:

    In under 400 words, please describe the ways in which you think the issues of climate change and gender inequality intersect and what you think are viable solutions to these issues.

    This document is due by email to by 12:00 PM, November 11, 2017.

  2. All short-listed candidates will be invited for a 15-minute interview with the Secretaries-General during the conference. Candidates will be notified if they have been short-listed and will be asked to sign up for an interview slot.

  3. All Committee Chairs will be notified of the short-listed candidates, and will be asked to review their position papers and their performance in committee.

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