BTW Peer Education Awards

Recognizing excellence in peer education.

Peer Education Awards

Fellowship Award

The Fellowship Award is designed to honor a BTW member who inspires others through relationship building and connections. The honoree is dedicated to BTW, and pays particular attention to fostering a sense of community and promoting engaged membership within the group.

Legacy Award

The Legacy Award is intended to recognize a BTW member who has truly left their mark on the group, the Health & Wellness Promotion department, and at Brandeis. This honoree produces work and leads initiatives that will benefit students long after they leave campus. 

Unsung Hero Award

The Unsung Hero Award recognizes a BTW peer who has positively influenced the organization “behind-the-scenes” with a welcoming presence, a willingness to help in any capacity, and a strong work ethic.

"Peer of the Year" Award

The Peer Of the Year Award is one of our most prestigious awards. The winner of this award lives the mission of peer education at Brandeis University. The BTW Peer of the Year is a leader dedicated to making our campus healthy and well. The winner of this award also goes above and beyond job expectations and inspires other BTW members, student leaders, and staff to engage in health and wellness initiatives. 

"Peer of the Year" Peer Choice Award

The Peer Of the Year Award, Peer Choice is another one of our most prestigious awards. The winner of this award, selected by their peers, is dedicated to the mission of the Health & Wellness Promotion department and committed to the vision of BTW. The winner of this award also goes above and beyond job expectations and inspires other BTW members, student leaders, and staff to engage in health and wellness initiatives.

2020 Award Recipients

Fellowship Award - Jack Rubinstein '20

Jack is known for his kindness, sense of humor, and passion for improving student health and equity at Brandeis. He brings energy and laughter to the group, always making sure that members feel welcomed and included. As one member wrote: “Every room is brighter when Jack is in it.”

Legacy Award - Julia St. Amand '20

Julia is the catalyst that brought BTW into being. From the first, her passion for peer education was clear. As a founding coordinator, Julia’s organization skills,  steady communication, and work ethic drove BTW forward. The standard she has set will continue long after she graduates.

Unsung Hero Award - Danielle Wright '21

Danielle contributes with the true spirit of a team player. She was instrumental in coordinating the Navigating Nutrition web series, and is always happy to lend a hand. Even after her Study Abroad was cut short, Dani was back in the game, helping out with a smile!

"Peer of the Year" Award - Denezia Fahie '22

Denezia sets herself apart with her joyous and unwavering dedication to peer education. One of BTW’s founding coordinators, Denezia demonstrated her commitment by leading the curriculum development of a successful cannabis education workshop, building partnerships with Waltham High School Trailblazers, and working to foster a fun, supportive, and inclusive team dynamic for the group.

"Peer of the Year" Peer Choice Award - Ysabel Munoz '21

Ysabel, a founding coordinator, exemplifies qualities of a skilled leader. She leads through relationship building, always reaching out and checking in to support her team. Biz has gone above and beyond to help BTW become known and respected on campus. To quote a peer: “Her hard work and dedication extends beyond the job requirement.. She is consistently offering new, innovative, brilliant ideas- I think she really embodies what it means to be a stellar peer educator.”

"Peer of the Year" Peer Choice Award - DeBorah Ault '22

DeBorah demonstrates a clear passion for education through her energetic engagement with BTW. She inspires her peers and works to engage the rest of the community - students, faculty, and staff - in BTW projects. She seeks out new opportunities and partnerships with different groups on campus. As one peer said: “She always gets me motivated in meetings and activities. Her energy is endless, inspiring, and contagious.”