Deaf Studies

Alysha Spires Wins Dean’s Scholar Award as Wolfson Nominee

May 12, 2021

Alysha Spires


Every year, California State University, Northridge recognizes an outstanding graduating senior with the top award, The Wolfson Scholar.  Nominees are selected from among the various colleges at CSUN. Our Wolfson Scholar nominee is designated as the Michael D. Eisner College of Education Dean’s Scholar. We are very happy to announce this year’s Dean’s Scholar: Alysha Spires, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Deaf Studies with a Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies with a GPA of 3.91. Alysha has been recognized by the faculty in her department as a champion of social justice and transformative change through her steadfast activism in educating our communities about the experiences of Deaf LGBTQ+ community. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Alysha also holds very active volunteer roles in working with various offices on campus including New Student Orientation, NCOD: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Learning Resource Center, and Community Engagement. Off campus, Alysha worked with young Deaf campers at a summer camp program and worked as a summer school teacher’s assistant for a Deaf and Hard of Hearing preschool/pre-Kindergarten classroom.   It is her goal to pursue a graduate degree in Elementary Education and, ultimately, to become a curriculum and instruction specialist to work towards transforming the inequities that exist in the education system into opportunities for Deaf and hard of hearing children. When she is not busy pursuing her academic and professional goals, she enjoys hanging out with her family, friends, and her canine furbabies, Ashlee and Toby, and watching shows on Netflix. She also enjoys sleeping during her free time, which doesn’t happen for her often as she is always busy in her work to change the world to be a better place for everyone.  It is clear that Alysha Spires is among the many stars at CSUN and she will continue to shine brightly as our alumni. Congratulations, Alysha!