Call for Nominations for Latina/o Studies Association Officers: The Latina/o Studies Association’s Nominations Committee invites nominees, including self-nominations, for election to its four officer positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. All officers serve and vote on the LSA Executive Council. Nominations should be submitted to email@example.com by January 15, 2016. Nominations should include a c.v. and a brief narrative (no more than 250 words) explaining the nominee’s fit for a specific officer position.
Following receipt of all nominations, the Nominations Committee will produce an officer’s slate taking into account factors such as academic rank, gender balance, region, academic subfields, diversity of educational institutions, and national origin. The Nominations Committee will then conduct elections in February 2017, announcing the results no later than February 22, 2017. The new officers will assume their duties March 15, 2017. Officer terms are two years and conclude on March 2019. Eligibility to run for election as an officer is open to all LSA members, including students, independent scholars, community members, and college/university faculty. See the brief description of each position:
The President is the chief elected officer of the LSA, and shall have, with the consensus of the Executive Council, the general powers and duties of management usually vested in the office of President, and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Executive Council and by the Bylaws. The President presides at Executive Council and membership meetings. The President also serves as co-chair of the Program Committee for the biennial conference. Upon completing his/her term, the President serves an additional term ex officio on the Executive Committee (only voting in cases of a tie).
The Vice President performs duties as agreed upon by the Executive Council or as required by the Bylaws. In addition, in the event of the temporary absence of the President, the Vice-President shall serve as President pro tempore. The Vice President serves as the co-chair of the Program Committee for the biennial conference.
The Secretary preserves the full and correct minutes of the proceedings of all LSA meetings. The Secretary also serves all notices required by law, the Bylaws, or by resolution of the Executive Council. The Secretary maintains the organization’s archive. The Secretary also manages LSA communications through technologies agreed upon by the Executive Council, assists the Nominations Committee, and performs other such duties as agreed upon by the Executive Council or as required by the Bylaws. Upon completion of his/her term, the Secretary serves an additional term as a non-voting ex officio member of the Executive Council.
The Treasurer keeps financial records belonging to the LSA, complete and accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements, resources, and liabilities, and other valuable effects of the LSA. The Treasurer renders to the President and to the Executive Council at its meetings, or whenever otherwise requested, correct statements and reports showing the financial condition of the LSA. The Treasurer arranges for the performance of an audit and for the preparation of audited financial statements by a certified public accountant on behalf of the LSA, as agreed upon by the Executive Council.
LSA 2016-17 Nominations Committee
Cristina Beltrán, New York University (co-chair)
Joshua Guzmán, University of Colorado-Boulder (co-chair)
María Elena Cepeda, Williams College
Sylvia Martínez, Indiana University-Bloomington
Deborah Vargas, University of California-Riverside
Members of the Latina/o Studies Association converged in Pasadena to kick of the new organization’s biennial conference starting on July 7. The event, which will conclude on July 9, draws together over 120 individual sessions including traditional panels, workshops, and roundtables with over 400 active participants. The conference will draw scholars, artists, activists, and community members into discussions on the most pressing issues facing Latina/os today and in the past. There will also be receptions, special events, plenary sessions, and a business meeting. The Latina/o Studies Association meeting’s schedule can be found here.
We express our collective shock and sadness at the premeditated murder of 49 people and the wounding of 53 more, the majority LGBTQ Latina/os, friends, family, and allies at Pulse, a queer nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016. We may never know what inspired this heinous act, but we join the world in grieving this deadly expression of what appears to be homophobia, nativism, imperialism, colonialism, racism, misogyny and sexism. As scholars, educators and activists increasingly at risk on our campuses and in our classrooms, we affirm the rights of all people to exist and thrive, as well as the imperative to counter the forces of ignorance and hatred. We do so with our sustained commitment to knowledge production, education and empowerment. Saber es poder.
The Latina/o Studies Association released the preliminary 2016 conference program for Deliberating Latina/o Studies: Promiscuity, (In)civility, and (Un)Disciplinarity. Click here to see the tentative schedule for sessions running July 7-9 in Pasadena, California. There will be 120 sessions, four plenaries with a limited amount of complimentary lunches, a Presidential address followed by a reception with two complimentary drinks, a business meeting, a book exhibit hall, and a closing cash-bar reception with live music. All the major fields are represented: from art to education, from performance studies to political science. And presenters have come from all across the country with all the various national-origin Latina/o groups well-represented.
The Latina/o Studies Association launched a new web page for the association today. Although still developing, the new design represents one of the priorities of the Executive Council to enhance the visibility of the organization.
Visitors are invited to look around an provide feedback by contacting the Latina/o Studies Association officers here. Return often to see the new features that we will be rolling out over the next year.