WORCESTER, Mass. - Erin Boyd (Class of 1999), who was a four-year member of the Holy Cross women's rowing team and a senior captain, is one of four graduates that will receive a Sanctae Crucis Award on Friday, May 6. The award is the highest non-degree recognition bestowed by the College on an alumnus or alumna.
Boyd is a nutritionist/humanitarian relief worker in Darfur. With USAID and now UNICEF, Boyd has coordinated emergency response and developed policy during humanitarian crises in Darfur, Ethiopia, Kosovo, Haiti, and other devastated parts of the world. After her Holy Cross career (which included studying in Australia, rowing crew at Henley, and a double major in psychology and anthropology), she entered the Peace Corps, serving for two years in Nepal before graduate study at Tufts University in nutrition and food policy. Today, through her work in Darfur, she has planned and implemented clinical research on malnutrition prevention in children under five; managed and trained field staff; coordinated with United Nations and government agencies; and advocated for adoption of new nutrition policies and programs.
The Sanctae Crucis Awards were established in 1998 to recognize the distinguished achievements of alumni. "The primary goals of the Sanctae Crucis Awards are to honor outstanding alumni and in so doing recognize and celebrate the distinctive mission of Holy Cross," says Frank Vellaccio, senior vice president, who presents the awards to recipients. The Holy Cross Mission Statement is the foundation for the awards program, which honors alumni who are leaders in business, professional or civic life, who live by the highest intellectual and ethical standards, and who are committed to the service of faith and promotion of justice.