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Announcing the Members’ Programmatic, Advisory and Advocacy Committee

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August 29, 2016

Dear Esteemed Members,

I am pleased to announce the results of AAA’s three-year effort to address concerns with the committee system: the formation of the Members’ Programmatic, Advisory and Advocacy Committee (M-PAAC). AAA has taken a momentous step in establishing M-PAAC to oversee the interest areas of the eight former programmatic committees. M-PAAC will begin its work immediately following the 2017 Annual Meeting.

In keeping with the values of collaboration, dialogue, diversity, equity, solidarity and transparency, M-PAAC will be responsible for implementing the Association’s education, advocacy, and advisory program as it relates to anthropology and each of the following key areas:

With M-PAAC, AAA expects to remain at the forefront in responding to these critical areas of scholarly interest and public engagement. Included among its activities, M-PAAC will produce policy statements and reports, and recommend actions to the Executive Board in relation to AAA’s Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP).

The committee consists of two subcommittees – one AAA member-focused and the other public-oriented. Ten members will be elected at-large and eight members will be appointed by the AAA president. Each key area identified above will have two designated seats. Two student members will also be elected to work closely with M-PAAC in the committee’s chosen areas of action and advocacy. Elected and appointed members will be assigned to a subcommittee by the M-PAAC chair in consultation with the president.

Please look for additional updates in your email and on the M-PAAC page of the AAA website. We will be sure to keep you up-to-date as M-PAAC comes to life!

Yours sincerely,


Alisse Waterston


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