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Why I am AAA
At the annual meeting of the AAA in November 2010, the Association Operations Committee (AOC) and the Executive Board (EB) received the Final Report of the Commission on Race and Racism in Anthropology (PDF). Formed as an ad hoc commission in 2007, the 13-member CRRA co-chaired by Janis Hutchinson and Thomas C. Patterson was charged with examining diversity and academic climate in the discipline as well as efforts within the profession to address enduring racial inequalities.
The report presented here includes best practices from counterpart professional associations and concludes with recommendations regarding the work of the Committee on Minority Issues in Anthropology (CMIA) and the AAA as a whole. We are posting the report on the AAA website for members to read and discuss in academic departments and other venues. We anticipate that faculty and graduate students, practicing anthropologists, and AAA members at large will find the report to offer a useful assessment of how far we have and have not come in alleviating past injustices based on perceptions of race in the profession.
Based on the report's findings, the AOC and EB have begun to consider ways that we may strengthen our methods of continuous data collection and monitoring of racial diversity in our discipline, challenge persistent racism where it occurs, and build structures to support a more inclusive profession. Please read the CRRA report and consider the serious issues it raises. We encourage your contributions to the AAA Blog as a place for productive conversation.
Virginia R. Dominguez
President, American Anthropological Association and Chair, AAA Executive Board
Florence E. Babb
Chair, Association Operations Committee