About the FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize
The FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding emerging social change activist in California. The award of $2,500 honors a person whose work transforms the existing social landscape - often in subtle and previously unappreciated ways - and serves as a bridge between the academy and the community. An awardee helps to build the capacity of community-based organizations and social movements to confront pressing issues by applying their academic expertise. Simultaneously, the awardee enriches academic scholarship by sharing the insights and knowledge produced from community engagement with the broader academic community. We rely on a nomination process to identify and select Prize winners. (See below.) The award is not limited to students or scholars, but an honoree's work should reflect a commitment to strengthening ties between the academy and the community. There is no age limit for this award, but the honoree should be in the early stages of their career as a social change activist/scholar (for those in faculty positions, associate and full professors are not considered to be in the early stages).
The FOUNDATIONS FOR CHANGE: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize uses a nomination system, where someone other than the nominee identifies the nominee, their contributions, and the kinds of expertise they bring to understanding how change works. Access the nomination form here.
2023-24 nominations are due Monday, February 5th, 2024 by 5pm.
The Prize will be announced within six weeks after the deadline date.
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To make a gift in support of the prize, please visit the online giving site and in the "In Honor of:" section list "Yamashita Prize".