May 26, 2021

On Monday, May 24, 2021, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese presented graduate student Yangyou Fang with the 2021 Arcadio Díaz-Quiñones Prize in recognition for her contributions and dedication to undergraduate teaching.

“I want to thank The Department of Spanish and Portuguese for giving me the opportunities to teach in the first place. I am especially grateful for all my students (who I met in person and virtually) who have lightened up my time at Princeton,” said Fang. “They are truly extraordinary humans and, in fact, taught me so much about diversity, resilience, and compassion.”

She added, “I knew I wanted to become a teacher when I was very young. And I now can proudly say teaching is my passion and a life-long career I would like to pursue. My students are the reason that keep me going, as I see them grow, blossom, and transform inside our classrooms and beyond. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of education. I hope to continue serving my communities through my work as a McGraw Graduate Teaching Fellow and in the Prison Teaching Initiative (PTI) in the incoming academic year.”

Read more about all the departmental prizes announced on Class Day on this webpage.