By Tricia Redeker Hepner, MPAAC Chair
The Members’ Programmatic Advisory and Advocacy Committee will officially go into effect following the 2017 AAA Annual Meeting this November. Over the past year, I have been working closely with my co-chairs Keri Brondo and Ramona Perez to plan and execute the transition from the previous committee structures to our new formulation. Drawing on the feedback from committee chairs received at last year’s meeting, and a careful examination of the committee annual reports, AAA’s Strategic Implementation Plan, and association resources, we have developed what we affectionately refer to as the “MPAAC Manifesto.” This document is a working template for how MPAAC plans to carry on the important work of the committees while cultivating new synergies across priority areas.
The new members of MPAAC, listed below, reflect AAA’s commitment to diversity and to excellence. We have encouraged them to reach out to existing committee chairs in their priority areas and to attend meetings and events organized by these committees at this year’s annual meeting. A four-hour orientation and workshop is also planned for new MPAAC members to help us hit the ground running.
We are excited at the prospects of moving forward and in fulfilling MPAAC’s commitment to be attuned and responsive to the membership, our discipline, and the people and issues we work with as anthropologists.
We invite AAA members to engage with us! Even better – join us! Nominate yourself for an MPAAC seat by October 4!
Tricia Redeker Hepner
Gender Equity Seat
Human Rights Seat
Michael Vicente Perez
Lavanya Murali Proctor
Minority Issues Seat
Public Policy Seat