Are you passionate about social change and have a talent for writing or art? We have an exciting opportunity for you! Hindus for Human Rights and Dalit Solidarity Forum are hosting an art and essay contest on the topic of "Which South Asian social justice activist do you admire and why.” Applicants can submit either a piece of art or an essay to demonstrate their creativity. Artwork must consist of a high-resolution photograph (8 1/2 x 11 inch or 11 x 17 inch format). For the essays, they must: be between 700-1,000 words; be in a Word (.docx) document; double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font; and must not contain any personal identification information (citations, if any, must be placed in the end, and will not be part of the word count).
We welcome submissions from high school students who identify as belonging to the South Asian diaspora, defined broadly. Students from all religious backgrounds are welcome. We invite students whose identities intersect in meaningful ways with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka, and the United States. This includes members of the diaspora whose families hail from the Caribbean, Fiji, Singapore or Malaysia, or countries in Africa, for example, as well as students who identify as multi-racial.