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This month we’ll take a look at the candidates.
Today’s feature are the candidates for undesignated seat #3 of the Committee on Public Policy (CoPP). Committee member responsibilities include:
To encourage sections and interest groups to develop policy-related activities that focus on particular areas of interest to their members, such as by interacting with section leadership and visiting business meetings, without infringing on the autonomy of these units;
To enhance communication and cooperation between sections, interest groups, other elected committees, task forces, the AAA Public Affairs Office, and other parts of the AAA on policy issues that cross-cut particular domains, thereby encouraging links among their individual efforts. A key mechanism for realizing this goal is working with sections, interest groups, task forces, other AAA committees, and the AAA staff in organizing events for the AAA Annual Meeting, such as policy forums, particularly those that highlight issues that cross-cut specific policy domains;
To enhance the visibility of anthropological contributions to public policy to audiences outside the AAA, including by creating opportunities for AAA members to enter into policy debates as well as to bring policy makers to AAA annual meetings and other sites in which they can interact with anthropologists;
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Anthropology has vital perspectives to contribute to public policy. From my work on protecting sacred sites, to museum repatriation, to the human rights of 9/11 families, I have become deeply aware of how sound public policies require the translation of anthropological insights. As a member of the Committee on Public Policy, I will be a keen advocate for the many policy issues confronting the AAA, and society, such as immigration law, climate change, education, economic equality, and health care. I pledge to help achieve our discipline’s aspirations particularly by ensuring the Committee continues to focus on fostering dialogues on the most pressing issues of our times, educating policy makers about anthropological contributions, and amplifying the impacts of AAA members who work in the arenas of practicing, applied, and public interest anthropology.
In my role as the President of NAPA as well as a member of the Executive Board for the SfAA, and now as a member of the Executive Committee of the AAA Section Assembly, I have been able to work closely with a range of anthropologists and anthropological perspectives in understanding the issues facing anthropology and the need to make sure anthropological perspectives are included in the key public policy issues of our day, particularly in the areas of environmental sustainability, global warming, migration rights, human rights and social justice. Anthropologists must take an active role in the major issues that confront our globalized world. While the members of the AAA talk about the importance taking a principled stand, often we do not develop a sufficiently unified voice to confront the challenges to our world. The AAA is now at a critical juncture in our history where multiple agendas and priorities are emerging that sometimes appear conflicting. We must unify around a single voice to be effective. The Public Policy Committee is the essential forum where the AAA can develop a reasoned, practical response to these challenges. I am committed to working on the effective, timely and continuous production of activities and discussions that will accomplish this goal.
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