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President's Message

Diane Keeling

Dear ORWAC Members,

This February, our organization gathers in Portland, OR for the WSCA annual conference. Conveniently, all ORWAC events, including panels, roundtables, business and reception, will take place on Saturday, February 19, 2022. For your calendar, I have listed our events below:

I want to bring your attention to three of these notable events. First, during the President’s Roundtable we will be sharing and discussing the results of our survey on Diversity, Equity and Transformation that sought responses from BIPOC and other marginalized individuals of our organization and the discipline. The survey asked questions about the name of our journal, the name of our organization, the creation of a nominating committee, and the creation of caucuses. We invite all members to discuss the results with us, as well as to provide feedback on our proposals for how to move forward on strongly supported ideas. 

Second, during the Business Meeting we plan to discuss and vote on proposal(s) for moving forward with DEI initiatives. We will also provide an update on the fundraising efforts for our Brenda J. Allen Travel Grant Endowment for Women, Trans, and Non-Binary Graduate Students of Color. If you have not yet donated, I hope you will do so today here or at the conference. The other main item of business is nominating and voting on new officers for our executive board. We will be electing a vice president and graduate student representative(s). Please consider nominating yourself or other individuals whom you believe would serve our organization well.

Third, we have arranged for the ORWAC Reception to take place in a 1,102 square foot room that opens into the hotel foyer. No other event is scheduled on our level at this time. With this ample space, we hope members will feel comfortable to mingle and enjoy refreshments while also being sensitive to the social distancing preferences of individuals.  Per usual, the reception will include a variety of Hors D’oeuvres, as well as drink tickets for soda/water, beer, or wine. This beloved tradition is a wonderful time to rekindle friendships in the community, create new ones, for junior scholars to connect with senior scholars, and for us to celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of our organization: our outgoing immediate past president, our outgoing and incoming journal editors, our newly elected officers, the scholarship presented at the conference, research published in our journal, grant recipients, and donors to our Brenda J. Allen Travel Grant Endowment for Women, Trans, and Non-Binary Graduate Students of Color.

Although we continue to live through the pandemic, we have much to celebrate. For each of you who will be attending the conference, I look forward to both the intellectual and social stimulation. For those who will not, I hope we will connect in the not-too-distant future.

Diane Marie Keeling, Ph.D.
ORWAC President
Associate Professor
University of San Diego

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