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From the AAALetter Editor--A New Start and Key Priorities

Thursday, September 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Fabiola Ehlers-Zavala
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As we start a new academic year, on behalf of all of us in the EC and in the AAAL Office, I want to wish you a wonderful and exciting year!

In reading the various contributions, I hope you will realize that all of us share the excitement of looking forward to a great conference in a great city! Personally, I am delighted to go back to Illinois, as it was the State that welcomed me as a visiting teacher from Chile back in 1992. I will always consider Illinois a special place as it is the State where I pursued my graduate education and got started in my professional journey! My Illinois friends are still my family in the US!

I urge you to carefully read our President’s message in this issue. Tim highlights much of the priority work the EC will tackle this year, addressing the issues that have been formally brought to our attention by the membership around diversity and inclusion. As our 1st VP writes in her piece, “Chicago is a major metropolis with a diverse population and rich immigration history, providing a perfect backdrop for the discussion of language issues.” So let’s be sure to take the opportunity to actively engage and participate in advancing the issues that concern our membership.

In talking about participation and engagement, please also keep an eye on further developments on this topic. At our last EC meeting a task-force was also proposed to address the topic of “Member Engagement and Communication.” An initial group has been convened to start tackling this work. The current appointed members are Steve Thorne, Peter De Costa, Thor Swain, Hisako Yamashita and me (Chair). Together, we will work towards developing ideas leading to proposals for implementation that can help us address this concern.

As you see, we have a busy year ahead, and we welcome it with much excitement!

Enjoy this September issue. We look forward to working with you as opportunities arise and see you in Chicago!


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