Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Ringo Jones (Right) 2024 D&I Research Award recipient and Jennifer Meadows, D&I Committee Chair.

Award description

The BEA Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) committee works to support BEA’s mission to take seriously our leadership responsibility to provide equal access and opportunity by fostering academic excellence, diversity, and inclusion among students, faculty, and media professionals.

The BEA D&I committee seeks to promote research and creative work that addresses issues of diversity and inclusion in areas of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, country of origin, political affiliation, veteran status, field of research, socioeconomic status, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Each year the committee reviews award candidates that have been self-selected from BEA’s interest division research competitions and the Festival of Media Arts faculty creative competition.


  • Nominees must be a current BEA individual member and have accepted research in BEA’s convention paper competition or creative work in the Festival of Media Arts.


December 1, 2023: BEA paper competition submission site closes for the D&I Research Award.

December 15, 2023: Festival of Media Arts submission site closes for the D&I Creative Award

March 15, 2024: Award winners announced

April 13, 2024: Award winners recognized during the BEA2024 Opening Awards Ceremony

April 13-16, 2024: BEA2024 annual convention