SSSP Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship Acceptance Speech

by Yung-Yi Diana PanYung-Yi Diana Pan, winner of the 2010 Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship

I am honored and thrilled to be selected as this year’s recipient of the SSSP Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship.  I am, at this very moment, attending my brother’s wedding at the Columbia Gorge in Oregon, and am disappointed that I am not physically present to accept the award.

I am particularly delighted, because to me, SSSP demonstrates that it is possible to merge important scholarship with activism. Further, the organization serves as a reminder that each study on which I embark should not be without social significance.

I value the faith that the selection committee has in my study and my continued role as a scholar activist.  I appreciate the letters written by Drs. Calvin Morrill, Rubén Rumbaut and Linda Vo, recommending me for this prestigious award.

Being chosen as the SSSP Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship recipient provides both invaluable resources and intellectual validation, allowing me to complete my dissertation, and delve into future projects that address important societal issues.  Thank you for this opportunity.