Friday, December 26, 2014

Deadline extended - Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS): Call for Awards Nominations


Dear Chicagoland Community Member:

Please share with your networks!

The Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) is currently accepting nominations for two awards recognizing outstanding leaders and organizations in the Chicagoland Asian American and Pacific Islander communities:

Community Leader Award

The Community Leader Award recognizes an individual who has given exemplary service and leadership to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community whether it be a specific ethnic group or pan-APIA members.

Community Organization Award

The Community Organization Award recognizes an organization that has shown outstanding leadership and service to specific ethnic or pan-Asian and Pacific Islander communities. This may include community-based or non-governmental organizations, museums, and associations.

For the first time, both of these awardees will be provided $300 by the AURA-AAAS Endowment Fund. The purpose of the gift is to be a legacy of the Asians United to Raise Awareness (AURA) Fund and its founding mission: striving for positive social change by funding and developing programs that raise political and cultural awareness about and among the Asian American community.

The award recipients will be recognized at the association’s annual conference, April 22–25, 2015, which, this year, will be held in Evanston, Illinois. Award recipients will also be announced in the conference program, through the AAAS listserv, and on the AAAS Web site.

To nominate an individual for the Community Leader Award or an organization for the Community Organization Award, submit a 1–3-page Letter of Nomination describing the individual’s or community organization’s contributions to the community. Please include the nominee’s contact information (name, title, organization, e-mail or mailing address, and phone number), as well as the nominator’s contact information (name, title, organization, e-mail address, and phone number). Letters of Nomination must be e-mailed to Lester Manzano at Nominations will be accepted until January 15, 2015. Award recipients will be notified by February 15, 2015 and will be invited to the annual AAAS banquet on April 25, 2015.

Please share this call for nominations with your communities and networks. Questions may be directed to the AAAS Community Awards Committee, c/o Lester Manzano, at

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Mark Chiang
2015 AAAS Site Committee Co-Chair
University of Illinois at Chicago

Laura Kina
2015 AAAS Site Committee Co-Chair
DePaul University

About AAAS | The Association for Asian American Studies was founded in 1979 for the purpose of advancing the highest professional standard of excellence in teaching and research in thefield of Asian American Studies; promoting better understanding and closer ties between and among various sub-components within Asian American Studies. AAAS sponsors professional activities to facilitate increased communication and scholarly exchange among teachers, researchers, and students in the field of Asian American Studies. The organization advocates and represents the interests and welfare of Asian American Studies and Asian Americans. AAAS is also founded for the purpose of educating American society about the history and aspirations of Asian American ethnic minorities. Learn more at