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.

The topic for February is “Love.” All submissions must be emailed to by February 26th at 11:59 P.M.

While it comes in many different forms, and may not always look the same, love is one of the most universal experiences. How does your culture, religion, or family view love? How do diverse communities approach love, and does it look different? These are just some questions to consider. This broad topic will allow you to explore love in your own life, within your family, or even across cultures – however you choose to approach it.

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.

Previous Contest Winners:


Kevin Chen “American Identity and Chinese Traditions”

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

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