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It’s time to vote in the 2013 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button.

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.

Click here to learn more about the Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology.

Kristin Monroe

Kristin MonroeI 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.

Krystal Smalls

Krystal SmallsAs 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.

Log-in to AnthroGateway to vote today!

It’s time to vote in the 2013 Elections

Cast your vote by logging in to AnthroGateway, click on the “My Information” page, and then click on the “Vote Now!” button.

This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.

Today’s feature are the candidates for undesignated seat #1 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.

Click here to learn more about the Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology.

Flordeliz Bugarin

Florie BugarinAs a cultural anthropologist and archaeologist, I specialize in Africa and the African Diaspora.  I focus on the heritage and culture of African Americans, Gambians, South African Xhosa, and Filipino Americans.  I also bridge historical archaeology, heritage management, and international development.  Throughout my work, I support community-driven initiatives, focus on minority concerns, and participate in activities geared towards increasing diversity in our profession. As a faculty member at Howard University, an HBCU, I have made concerted efforts to actively recruit Africans, African Americans and other minority students into anthropology.  I have organized conferences and workshops, raised funds for scholarships and assistantships, and developed field schools and student internships.  I have also built a consistent service record devoted to diversity issues.  As Chair of the Gender and Minority Affairs Committee for the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA), I have attended workshops on diversity and anti-racism to generate new programmatic strategies.  I have also supported a successful mentorship program. A seat on the AAA Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology (CMIA) will allow me to continue similar work and make significant contributions in minority affairs.  My experiences and goals mirror the agenda of the CMIA: to encourage more minorities to join the AAA, inspire all AAA members to actively strive towards a diverse community, and define anthropology’s role in the discourse of cultural diversity.

Satish Kedia

Satish KediaOver 15 years of professional experience in academia blended with a practitioner role as the director of research and evaluation centers have provided me with a unique perspective on challenges facing minority scholars, not only within the discipline but also in other practitioner roles. It continues to be a daunting task for the discipline to attract minorities, both locally and globally. Equally, we still find ourselves bewildered as to how to actively include minorities at all levels of training, research, and teaching and to create space for their voices as part of the sustained intellectual discourse. Needless to reiterate, it is a moral responsibility for us to recognize and amend the situation by constructively engaging and acting on these issues. By its very nature of the discipline, we must embrace diversity, not only rhetorically but in all our actions. If elected, I will actively promote engagement with international scholars and students through focused outreach efforts, facilitate minority student mentoring and shadowing, and advocate for exchange programs among national and international minority scholars. Given my lived experiences as an Asian American, I will bring additional insights and commitment to these issues and help devise innovative ways to engage ourselves with all segments of the population.

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