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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Featured today are the candidates for the Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology Student Seat: Holly Okonkwo and Tony Pomales.
Responsibilities of the committee members include:
- Monitor gender discrimination within the discipline
- Pursue greater parity for women in the discipline by means of:
a. monitoring, including gathering information that illuminates issues that effect the diverse women in anthropology as well as efforts to obtain existing comparable survey data,
b. advocating, including bringing findings before the Association’s members, in the form of resolutions, when appropriate and
c. educating, including distributing brochures, meeting with department chairs, setting up an interactive presence on the internet/web and writing periodic updates for the AN.
- Identify forms of sexual harassment in all settings where anthropologists work and learn including the varieties of biases that complicate issues regarding race/ethnicity, gender stereotyping and preferences, class, and disabilities.
- Interact on an ongoing basis with the Association’s long range planning process on issues of gender parity.
Click here to learn more about the Committee on Gender Equality in Anthropology.
It is my pleasure to be selected as a candidate to run on the 2014 spring ballot for the Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology Student Seat. I am running on the grounds of my intellectual and pedagogical commitment to foster diversity and more inclusive environments within the discipline and academy. Anthropology helped make the connections between the personal and the political by giving me the tools to not only understand my own positionality but also to question power relations, knowledge production and to confront discrimination. The field has allowed me to develop a voice when I often felt silenced and invisible. I am firmly committed to a career dedicated to exploring the experiences of women from diverse backgrounds and understanding how those experiences may better inform the discourse on institutions and diversity. As a member of the committee, I will utilize that same passion and commitment in supporting the mission of the American Anthropological Association in its pursuit of greater gender equity in the discipline and beyond.
The AAA Committee on Gender Equity represents anthropology’s continued efforts toward collectively building an equitable research and work environment for all anthropologists, and also its commitment to creating and fostering equitable gender relations beyond the academy. This commitment requires a vision of gender as intersectional, so that accounts of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and other sites of difference-making factor into how gender is understood to be socially constructed and lived; thus making the committee more sensitive and alert to various forms of gender violence. My education in transnational feminism and critical race theory has prepared me to meet the responsibilities of this student seat. My graduate certification in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies also has prepared and challenged me to formulate pedagogies for addressing issues of gender inequity in the classroom and in other settings. My dissertation research and work with aging sex worker-identified women in Costa Rica has also challenged me to develop a more critical understanding and awareness of gender discrimination and sexual abuse and the workings of power and violence, more broadly. Closer to home, my personal commitment to gender equity and social justice has also informed my work with students at a local high school who participate in a Gay Straight Alliance.
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