Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership Scholarship

Erin Shaw, CADL Recipiet

2018-2019 Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership Recipient Erin Shaw

Each year the President’s Community Advisory Committee on Diversity presents a Mary Washington student with the Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership. This award is given to a rising senior enrolled in the University, who possesses strong characteristics of leadership and demonstrates a personal commitment – advocating for diversity and inclusion across campus. Once the recipient is chosen he or she serves as an ambassador for diversity, a peer mentor to underrepresented students, and a voice for underrepresented populations to the faculty and staff.

Once chosen as the recipient of the Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership, the recipient will be asked to serve in various capacities throughout the 2018-19 academic year. The on-going service agenda will be mutually beneficial, service will be provided to the campus community, and the student will continue to develop academically and socially.

Erin Shaw

2018 – 2019 Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership Recipient

Erin Shaw is a rising senior majoring in Psychological Science from Ashburn, Virginia, who plans to attend graduate school for social work after concluding her last year of undergraduate studies.

Since her freshman year, Erin has been involved on the executive board of People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual and Gender Minorities (PRISM), and has moved through the ranks to become president. While working with PRISM, she has organized several large-scale events, such as Gender and Sexual Minorities and Allies (GSMA) Celebration week, Drag Show, and Day of Silence. She has also worked to make sure each PRISM meeting is special and offers something to its membership, whether that is an opportunity for education about the LGBT+ community, promoting activist work on campus, or just hanging out and having fun. Since her sophomore year, Erin has served as a student trainer for the University’s Safe Zone program, training students on LGBT+ sensitivity, awareness, and being a supportive ally to members of the community.

Outside of PRISM, Erin is an officer in Psi Chi, the honor society for psychology, a member of the Honors Program, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She has also interned with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Virginia branch, and hopes to continue working in the nonprofit sphere to promote equality for mentally ill and people with disabilities. PRISM has also worked alongside several other James Farmer Multicultural Center clubs, such as the Black Student Association (BSA), BOND, Asian Student Association (ASA), and Women of Color (WOC) to promote diversity and acceptance on campus.

During her senior year, Erin will continue to work alongside other campus groups to heighten awareness of diversity and inclusion issues and perspectives at UMW. She hopes to see more of the student body come out and participate in JFMC events. She is humbled to receive this award, knowing the hard work that other campus leaders are doing, and she hopes that the CADL recognition allows her to continue to have an impact on UMW before she graduates.

Applications/Nominations are closed at this time.

To apply for the Citizenship Award for Diversity presented annually during the Diversity Program, which is part of Orientation Week, a student must complete the application as well as submit one (1) faculty or staff recommendation.  Faculty and Staff may nominate students for this award as well.


If you have questions, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540-654-1044 or .