Three CoJMC students receive Most Promising Multicultural Student (MPMS) awards

Three CoJMC students receive Most Promising Multicultural Student (MPMS) awards

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 11:15am
Struthers and Lopez
Struthers poses with last year's only MPMS winner, Monica Lopez. Lopez was a double major in advertising and broadcasting and graduated last May.

by Molly Chapple

Three College of Journalism and Mass Communications students were recently named Most Promising Multicultural Students by the American Advertising Federation (AAF). Anna Fobair, Julia Nguyen and Wellesley Michael were each awarded the honor. Carlos Velasco, graphic design major and creative director at Jacht Ad Lab, also received the award.

Nominated students must be a senior in college, have at least a 3.2 GPA, be engaged on campus and the community and be a U.S. citizen of a traditionally marginalized minority group.

The 50 winners of the award will be invited to attend the 2018 Mosaic Career Fair in Chicago, where they will tour advertising agencies, network with professionals and gain real-world experience in the advertising field. The hope is that students will make meaningful connections that may lead to job opportunities in the future.

The Most Promising Multicultural Student awards are part of the AAF’s efforts to increase the number of diverse employees in the advertising field.

Students were nominated by faculty members Michael Goff, Sriyani Tidball and Amy Struthers, who chairs the National Education Executive Committee with the AAF.

“We need authentic voices from all these groups to build diversity in advertising,” Struthers said. “Faculty members need to seek people out from the beginning of their college careers and support students of color and keep them focused and competitive.”