Let the music play me off the stage

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about some awards I received from the Association for Asian American Studies. I couldn’t thank everyone I wanted to but here’s a list of folks who stood behind my nomination. And I want to thank you all here:

Michael J. Viola, Associate Professor of Justice, Community, & Leadership, Saint Mary’s College of California 

Faith R. Kares, Associate Director, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago

Ethel Tungohan, Canada Research Chair in Canadian Migration Policy, Impacts and Activism and Assistant Professor, York University, Toronto, Ontario

Joy Sales, Postdoctoral Fellow in Immigration, Cultures, and Law, Washington University in St. Louis

Conely de Leon, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

Tracy Lachica Buenavista, Professor, Asian American Studies, California State University, Northridge

Lorenzo Perillo, Assistant Professor, Global Asian Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Armand Gutierrez, Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, University of California San Diego 

Melissa-Ann Nievera-Lozano, Faculty, Evergreen Valley College

Marcy Quiason, Ph.D. Candidate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas  

Pahole Sookkasikon, Ph.D., American Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 

Josen Masangkay Diaz, Assistant Professor, University of San Diego

Nerissa S. Balce, Associate Professor, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Alma M.O. Trinidad, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Portland State University

Paulina Abustan, Doctoral Candidate, WSU Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education; Instructor, WSU Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Washington State University (WSU)

Katherine Achacoso, Doctoral Student, American Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 

Katherine Nasol, Doctoral Student, Cultural Studies, University of California, Davis

Russell Jeung, Chair, Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University

Robyn Magalit Rodriguez, Professor and Chair, Asian American Studies, UC Davis and Founding Director, Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies

Catherine Ceniza Choy, Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

Paul Michael Leonardoa Atienza, Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Trung PQ Nguyen, Doctoral Candidate in History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz

Faye Caronan, Associate Professor and Chair, Ethnic Studies Department, University of Colorado, Denver

Ray San Diego, Visiting Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies Program, Northwestern University 

Edward R. Curammeng, Assistant Professor, College of Education, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Jonathan Magat, PhD Candidate, Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University

Sherwin Mendoza, Faculty in English and Intercultural Studies, De Anza College

Amanda Solomon Amorao, PhD, Assistant Teaching Professor and Director, Dimensions of Culture Program, UC San Diego

Jewel Pereyra, PhD Student, American Studies, Harvard University

MT Vallarta, PhD Candidate, Ethnic Studies, University of California, Riverside

Emmanuel David, Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies, University of Colorado Boulder

Sarita Echavez See, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, U of California Riverside

Dale Dagar Maglalang, PhD Candidate, Social Work, Boston College

Jan M. Padios, Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

Stefanie J. Lira, Ph.D. Candidate, History, University of California, Irvine 

Sarah Raymundo, Assistant Professor and Director, Center for International Studies University of the Philippines-Diliman 

James Zarsadiaz, Assistant Professor of History & Director of the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program, University of San Francisco

Ruth Silver Taube, Adjunct Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law; Supervising Attorney, Workers’ Rights, Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center, Santa Clara University School of Law

Christian Aniciete, Social Media Manager, Corporate Communications; Founding Chair, Asian and Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group, Port of Portland

Dawn Lee Tu, PhD, Faculty Director, Faculty Professional Development, De Anza College and Faculty in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Studies, San Jose State University

Anthony Ocampo, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Cal Poly Pomona

Vanessa Banta, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia 

Fatima Chrifi Alaoui, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, San Francisco State University

Thomas X. Sarmiento, Assistant Professor of English, Kansas State University 

Karen Buenavista Hanna, Assistant Professor, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Intersectionality Studies, Connecticut College 

Jennifer L. Sta.Ana, Esq., Vice-President, Filipino Bar Association of Northern California

My acceptance speeches are below–as my daughter, Aya, would say, “Please like and subscribe!”


One response to “Let the music play me off the stage”

  1. Faith R. Kares Avatar
    Faith R. Kares

    Valerie Francisco, you are fierce and fabulous. I love you so very much and am so proud of you regarding all that you’ve accomplished and will continue to accomplish! Most of all, as you succeed academically and professionally you continue to model self-care, cultivate and prioritize community, and show up consistently as a loving mother, partner, sister, daughter, friend, mentor, professor, colleague, aktibista… the list goes on. Thank you for being such a brilliant beam of light in this world we inhabit. You make it better with your presence ❤

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