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Members’ Programmatic, Advisory and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC)

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A three-year effort to address concerns with the AAA committee system is now coming to fruition. The result is the formation of the Members’ Programmatic, Advisory and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC) – an overarching committee that will oversee the interest areas of the eight former programmatic committees. MPAAC will begin its work immediately following the 2017 Annual Meeting. View the full MPAAC transitional operation plan here

Committee Charge


The Members’ Programmatic, Advisory and Advocacy Committee (MPAAC) is convened by the Executive Board for the purpose of responding to AAA member needs and interests, with a particular focus on the key areas of ethics, human rights, labor and workforce, public policy, racialized minorities, gender equity, the practicing-applied-public sector, and world anthropologies as these areas relate to anthropology, anthropologists and the Association.

In keeping with the values of collaboration, dialogue, diversity, equity, solidarity and transparency, the committee is responsible for the implementation of the Association's education, advocacy and advisory program related to Anthropology and each of the following ongoing issues and engagements:

Duration of Committee


The AAA Executive Board will review and make recommendations regarding the organization and responsibilities of this committee after 2 years of its initial launch (in November 2019), and make modifications to its structure where necessary.

Committee Reports to

The Executive Board


Membership and Appointment

The committee consists of 2 subcommittees, one AAA member-focused and the other, public-oriented. The committee is responsible for the design and implementation of the Association's ethics, rights, and status education and advisory, both internally with the membership of the AAA and externally with the people and groups with whom anthropologists work.  AAA Member and Public-Oriented programs and projects are articulated and prioritized through dialogue at the intersection of the two sub-committees.  Task forces and working groups are created as needed to respond to M-PAAC priorities, determined in consultation with the Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP).

23 member committee including the Chairs and EB Liaisons (if appointed)

1 overall chair

2 subcommittee chairs       

10 elected members

8 appointed members

2 EB liaisons if appointed.

Term of Office

3-year terms


Develop reports, policy statements, and recommend actions to Executive Board

Meetings and Schedule

In person once a year at the Annual Meeting and via conference call as needed.

Staff Liaison

Overall Liaison: Ushma Suvarnakar 

Inward Facing Liaison: Janine McKenna 

Outward Facing: Jeff Martin

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