As I await the departure of my flight at the Austin airport, I am thinking ahead to the substantive conversations that await us in Salt Lake. I always am excited to travel to our association’s convention, and this year I have the added privilege and honor to have the opportunity to address the Legislative Assembly tomorrow, and meet with members throughout the week, to talk about my ideas for how together we can improve our association.
I look forward to sharing my vision particularly related to diversity and inclusion. NCA has made significant strides toward increasing inclusiveness and honoring diverse voices, but as the panels concerning “CommunicationSoWhite” indicate, there is much significant discussion that we need to engage, in order to move forward together. It does matter, very much, who sits at the table, who edits our journals, whose research is recognized, and who serves in our leadership positions. I pledge to listen, to learn, and to participate in formulating positive plans for action.
Like many of you, I am making my preparations for our association’s Convention in Salt Lake next week. I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to meet new people, see old friends, and encounter new perspectives – that’s what our coming together for these annual meetings is all about. In particular, I hope to have the opportunity to share my vision for our association with you and to listen to your ideas and concerns. So, here we go – Onward to Salt Lake!
I am so very honored to be a nominee for 2nd Vice President and am looking forward to the opportunity to share my vision for our association with our members. I hope that you will be able to attend the “Meet the Candidates” forum on Friday, November 9, at 11:00 in 155D in the Salt Palace Convention Center, or that I will have the opportunity to meet and talk with you about what together we can accomplish for NCA. There’s so much we can do to make our association inclusive, diverse, welcoming, and to advocate for our discipline. See you soon in Salt Lake!