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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Today’s feature are the candidates for undesignated seat #6 of the Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology (CMIA). Committee member objectives are to: promote participation of underrepresented populations in anthropology by creating a climate where ideas from all individuals are equally considered, rather than viewed through a racialized frame; foster professional advancement by minorities in anthropology; promote intellectual awareness within the discipline and Association of issues that face minority anthropologists; and help define anthropology’s role in national discourse on cultural diversity.
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I believe my background and interests are a good fit for the position of member of the CMIA. In my departmental service, I am helping to initiate curricular changes intended to attract minority students to anthropology through, for example, my development of a “Sports and Society” course that focuses substantively on issues of race and gender and will draw students from across the campus as part of the university’s general education program. At the graduate level, my interest in minority recruitment led me to co-convene an ad hoc Diversity Committee and to develop ties with the graduate admissions office that have involved participation in diversity recruitment and retention workshops. From my experience as a ‘minority within a minority’, as one of the very few non-heritage anthropologists of color working in Middle Eastern studies, I have developed a commitment to expanding the range of academic, career, and public engagement possibilities for minority anthropologists. Finally, I would bring a broad vision of diversity to my role with the CMIA, a vision that includes the experiences of non-traditional and first-generation students. I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to the objectives of the CMIA as a fully engaged and participatory board member.
As a female, black-identified anthropologist who is a close ally of the LGBTQ community, it is extremely important to me that the professional and personal experiences of other minoritized anthropologists become a central concern of AAA. Having personally experienced the isolation many minoritized anthropologists endure in the discipline, I am committed to furthering conversations about, and practical efforts towards, clearing out spaces for these scholars so that their talents and theoretical contributions can be fully realized and ultimately utilized by the discipline. I see addressing the particular concerns and experiences of minoritized anthropologists as integral in our collective dedication to interrogating our discipline and the knowledge industry as a whole.
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