The Diversity and Liberator committees of Liberal Arts Council are proud to present our monthly “Perspectives” essay competitions. The winners will be featured on The Liberator’s website and receive a $20 Visa gift card.

Please check back in February for the next Perspectives Essay Competition theme! 

All submissions must be emailed to diversity.utlac@gmail.com.


Essays can be a research-based article, personal narrative, or academic paper as long as all claims are well-sourced. Papers should not be written to appeal to one particular viewpoint but instead represent the individual’s perspective on the chosen topic.

Essays will be judged on adherence to the topic, strength of argument, appropriate sources, and originality in addition to grammar and spelling. Must be 400 – 750 words in a readable font and font size and double-spaced. If applicable, all sources must be cited with an appropriate bibliography attached.


Contest Winners:

Family Heirlooms (November 2019)

Kate Diller, “I Carry You With Me”

Fears (October 2019)

Neelesh Rathi, “Neither Fearful nor Fearless”

My Environment: An Exploration of Your Relation to the Environment, Both Physical and Cultural (September 2019)

Sophie Schott, “Sanctuary of Snakes”

Jadyn Simental, “The Brown, Wooden Box”

Future of Academia (April 2019)

Patrick Lee, “Civility in Academia”

Defying Gender (March 2019)

Terrane Ansley, “Yelling and Waiting”

Love (February 2019)

Ryan Hurt, “The Best Teacher”

Lorece Harris, “Love, in Extremes and in Between”

Traditions (November 2018)

Kevin Chen, “American Identity and Chinese Traditions”

Eleni Theodoropoulos, “Meet Me at the Intersection of Our Stories”

Representation in Media (September 2018)


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