Expertise Center Diversity Policy

Nominee Submissions

Each year, professionals from higher learning institutions are able to nominate talented students for the ECHO Award. The ECHO Award is an initiative of Echo, Expertise Centre for Diversity Policy that honors students of color in higher education and young professionals for their outstanding efforts and work that contribute to the advancement of Diversity and Inclusion. The prize creates opportunities for students to achieve an equal starting position and contributes to a dialogue that recognizes societal challenges and illustrates the power of diversity.

When the ECHO Award was first presented more than 20 years ago, diversity was still a new theme. Stories of students with a non-western background were hardly visible and the social debate was mainly focused on problems of diversity. Meanwhile, Diversity & Inclusion has become mainstream and the current generation of students is creating more and more space to discuss topics such as institutional racism. For the ECHO Award 2022, the jury is therefore looking for candidates who can make the next step in the social debate and will actively take their role as ECHO Ambassador.

The winners will be rewarded with a fully catered Summercourse at UCLA in the United States in 2023. They are chosen by an independent jury chaired by Kathleen Ferrier, Chair of the Dutch UNESCO Commission.

Closing 24 juni 2022

Students who are eligible for an ECHO Award are successful students with a non-western background who stand out for their entrepreneurial attitude, organizing ability, active social involvement and constructive approach to challenges related to exclusion. Click here for more information on the definitions of ECHO.

To nominate a candidate for the ECHO Award 2022, you must have the following information ready:

  1. Fully filled out application form;
  2. A nomination letter from the institution / faculty / study program, signed by a member of the Executive Board / the Board of directors;
  3. A personal letter of motivation from the nominated candidate;
  4. A curriculum vitae of the candidate;

The application form and required documents need to be emailed to

Deadline for nomination: June 24th 2022

Further explanation per document

Letter of recommendation from the institution / faculty / degree program, signed by a member of the Executive Board / the Executive Board

In the nomination letter, the institution / faculty / degree program presents the nominated student to the jury with a motivation for nomination. The letter must include a signature from a member of the Board of Governors / the Executive Board.

Personal motivation by nominated candidate

The nominated candidate must submit a personal motivation letter. The candidate can take the following questions as a guideline for the motivation letter:

  • What was your path to college/university like? What challenges/successes have you experienced in this?
  • What is your motivation to make a social contribution to society?
  • How would you like to fulfill your role as ECHO Ambassador?
  • How do you see your role in the larger movement on diversity and inclusion?
  • How would winning the ECHO award enable you to turn your vision into impact?

Tip! Don’t be too modest in your personal motivation. All information contributes to a more complete picture of you for the jury of the ECHO Award.
The nominated candidate must elaborate on a case in relation to the role they want to fulfil as an ECHO Ambassador.

For questions or more information, please contact Pravini Baboeram:


ECHO Ambassadors Academy

After successful nomination, candidates automatically join the ECHO Ambassadors community, a network of socially engaged students and (young) professionals who have been nominated over the years. All candidates are invited to participate in the ECHO Ambassadors Academy, a leadership program that prepares candidates for their role as ECHO Ambassadors. After nomination, the candidates will receive a formal invitation to participate in this program.

In the program, the brand new ECHO Ambassadors are taken into the theory and practice of diversity and inclusion. In addition to frameworks and concepts to make the subject negotiable, the participants will work with practical workshops in which they explore how they can take on their role as ECHO ambassadors. In addition to guidance on content and skills, more information is also provided about the judging process and what they can expect from the follow-up process.

The ECHO Ambassadors Academy prepares students for opportunities that ECHO offers in activities aimed at strengthening diversity and inclusion in education and the labor market.


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