Please join me in congratulating Jason Okonofua on his receipt of the 2022 Foundations for Change: Thomas I. Yamashita Prize. 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/scholar in California. The award was established in honor of Thomas I. Yamashita. The purpose of the award is to honor 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. The awardee helps to build the capacity of communities confronting 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.