NAES recognizes individuals and organizations who dedicate time and energy to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, anti-racism, and community service. We encourage you to nominate worthy candidates for the following Awards:
Deadlines for submissions:
Robert Perry Mentoring Award – February 15, 2013
Cortland Auser Paper Award – March 1, 2013
Please select award title for submission/nomination and more information.
The Robert Perry Mentoring Award is given for exceptional mentoring.
The Charles C. Irby Distinguished Service Award for distinction in his professional life and community.
Student Paper Awards are given to graduate and undergraduate students whose scholarly essays are outstanding and make an impact in the field of ethnic studies. If in any given year no papers are submitted or meet quality expectations, NAES reserves the right to not make these awards.
The Ernest M Pon Award recognizes Asian American organizations dedicated to human rights and equal justice.
The Ashton Welch Memorial Student Travel Fund Award is given to Ethnic Studies students to assist them in attending the NAES Conference.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ETHNIC STUDIES AWARDS- 2012
At their Annual Conferences the National Association for Ethnic Studies brings attention to the mentoring, scholarship and activism of faculty, students, and local community organizations. Honored and Awards given at the NAES 40th Annual Conference were:
The Robert Perry Mentoring Award, presented to Dr. Robert Johnson from St. Cloud State University for his tireless and endless mentoring of minority students. He is considered an inspiring and positive role model who has engaged in mentoring, guiding, advising, and supporting students in all of their educational endeavors and academic successes. The impact that he has had on many students is truly commendable.
Dr. Ron Scapp (NAES President) was honored with the Charles C. Irby Distinguished Service Award for his achieved distinction in his professional life and community. We also honored him for his leadership, unending work on behalf of the National Association for Ethnic Studies and his commitment to it is mission and goals.
The Phillips G. Davies Graduate Student Paper Award was given to Takea Vickers a Ph.D. student at Louisiana State University. Her outstanding essay “The (In)Visible Road Map: The Role of Mentoring for First Generation Black Female Doctoral Students,” makes an important contribution to the field of Ethnic Studies while making a call to action to address the problem encountered by Black women in doctoral programs. Her essay was appreciated for its attempt to increase the representation and success of Black women in higher education.
Undergraduate student Elizabeth Guarnio from Clark University was given the Auser Cortland Undergraduate Student Paper Award for her excellent essay, “The Impacts of the “Ethnic Studies” Law on the K-12 Public Educational System in Tucson, AZ.” Her work provided a thorough overview of HB2281 and its impacts measured through a cost/benefit analysis.
The Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA-NO) is a youth-led community-based organization that empowers Vietnamese Americans and underrepresented youth through supportive services and organizing for cultural enrichment and positive social change. NAES was honored to offer VAYLA-NO the Ernest M Pon Memorial Award that recognized Asian American organizations dedicated to human rights and equal justice.
NAES is proud to offer the Ashton W. Welch Student Travel Funds each year to Ethnic Studies students in need of financial assistant to attend the NAES Conference. NAES provides money to help students enhance their professional networks with other Ethnic Studies students and professionals, increase their body of knowledge, and improve professional skills. Spring 2012 student Welch Awardees were Shereen Bhalla, University of Texas at San Antonio; Paris Prince, Clark University; and Folashade Kornegay, New School University.
We encourage all members, friends, and supporters to consider donating to these vitally important awards for it honors the hard work of many and helps mentor and build skills of students. If interested please click here for more details on how to donate to NAES.