Congratulations to Jillian Furman who earned a Beacon Graduate Student Leadership Award sponsored by UMass Boston’s Offices of Student Leadership and Community Engagement and Student Activities and Leadership. Two awards are offered each year to individuals who “impact campus life, display strong leadership qualities, encourage and engage other students, and display potential for future achievement.”
Nominated by Associate Director Roni Lipton of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance, Furman was recognized for her outstanding commitment to the university as an organizer and student leader. As president of the Dispute Resolution Student Council, her primary responsibility was to serve as a resource to her peers. In this role, she offered general advice about classes and professors, and, perhaps most importantly, supported fellow students struggling with the demands of graduate school.
According to Lipton, “I have had the distinct privilege of working alongside Jillian since the fall of 2010. In her work as a research assistant, Jillian proved herself to be diligent and creative.”
Yet, it was Furman’s leadership in the department that led Lipton to nominate this outstanding young women.
“Despite the academic rigors of graduate school, Jillian has taken substantial leadership initiative outside the classroom. For example, she founded the Student Planning Committee for the department’s biennial Conflict Studies Conference as a means to encourage student participation. She is recruiting students to assist with fund raising, advertising, keynote speaker selection, as well as other aspects of the event,” Lipton said.
As another example of her student leadership, Lipton also noted that Furman “is also busy coordinating focus groups intended to provide first-year students with information from faculty and second-year students about available options and potential challenges to undertaking their final capstone.”
Furman will graduate this semester from the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies with a master’s degree in conflict resolution.