Asian American Studies


April 5, 2018

Calling for Students to submit their essays on "Asian Americans and Education" for The Abarquez & Alcantara Prize in Asian American Studies at CSUN. The deadline has been extended to Thursday, April 19th at 4:45 pm. You may re-submit if you have already submitted an essay.

Dear AAS Students,

The deadline for applying for the Essay Contest has been extended! If you have already submitted and would like to re-submit, please do so by the new extended deadline and date your new essay so the committee will consider your new, revised essay.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: April 19th, Thursday 4:45 p.m. (The AAS Department closes at 5 p.m. so please drop off the four hard copies of your essays by 4:45 p.m.)

Calling for Students to submit their essays on
"Asian Americans and Education"
The Abarquez & Alcantara Prize in Asian American Studies at CSUN
Spring, 2018

The Asuncion Castro Abarquez and Rosalinda Abarquez & Alcantara Endowment has been established with the CSUN Foundation for the Abarquez Prize in Asian American Studies by the generous gift of Prosy Abarquez-de la Cruz.

This is an annual prize for an Outstanding Essay on the topic of "Asian Americans' Progressive Leadership in Education." The winner shall receive a cash prize in the amount of $1000. If there are two winners, the cash prize will be divided equally between the two recipients.
Though the prize is intended for a single outstanding essay to be selected, the committee may select up to two essays, dividing the prize equally between the two submissions.

Ms. Prosy Abarquez-de la Cruz has defined "progressive leadership" as a social enterprise in which community leaders work for the greater good, going beyond "nursing our own wounds" and focusing on our own self-interests,  connecting with others, doing work that impacts the common good, helping others succeed, and doing our part to make the world a better place from a place of love and compassion.

At the discretion of the donor, the winning essay(s) shall be published as guest column in Prosy Abarquez-de la Cruz's column in the Asian Journal, titled, "Rhizomes."

Essay Submission: Essays must be no longer than 1500 words, typed, double-spaced. Submissions are open only to CSUN AAS majors, double majors, and minors. CSUN graduate students who majored, double-majored, and minored in AAS may also be considered. Current AAS majors, double majors and minors will be given priority.

Please provide 4 copies of your essay and place in a sealed envelope. Please submit your essays to the Asian American Studies Department (Jerome Richfield 340) or 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330-8251. ATTN: Abarquez & Alcantara Prize Awards' Committee. The essays must be received by April 19th, 4:45 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact: Dr. Teresa Williams-Leon (