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Dr. Sylvia Blake receives Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal
As one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, Dr. Sylvia Blake is being recognized with the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal. On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Blake as well as all Convocation Medal recipients on their outstanding achievements.
Dr. Sylvia Blake's research connects the dots between the development of ‘diversity’ as a policy objective in national and international policy debates. She provides a nine-part analytical model delineating the ways diversity has been understood in broadcasting policy, with special attention to policy by Canada’s broadcasting regulator, the CRTC. Her research determines that consumer choice in Canadian broadcasting policy restricts the Canadian understanding of diversity to a menu of options considered commercially viable.
The research undertaken and presented by Dr. Blake has received top honors. Blake received the best student paper on her dissertation topic at a conference of the Canadian Communication Association, and the CRTC Prize for Excellence in Policy Research. She has shared her findings with Canadian policy makers, building on a practice of research and media activism well-developed throughout her graduate studies.
Beyond her studies, Dr. Sylvia Blake has also held a number of significant scholarships, published her research, helped to coordinate international conferences, taught communication courses, and acted as mentor to her peers at SFU as well as in the international research community.
Dr. Sylvia Blake currently works as an Intergovernmental Relations Advisor in the Office of the Premier of British Columbia.