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Minority Scholars Committee

The association shall have as one of its standing committees the Minority Scholars’ Committee. The Minority Scholars’ Committee shall have as its function to keep the Council and the association’s membership informed of the issues affecting minority scholars in the profession and shall have responsibility for special tasks involving minority scholars in the membership. The Minority Scholars’ Committee shall be composed of six members of the association named by the Executive Committee with the approval of the Council, following an open call to the membership for self-nominations and suggestions. Each of these six members shall serve three-year, non-renewable, staggered terms. The chair of the Minority Scholars’ Committee shall be named from the committee’s membership by the Executive Committee with the approval of the Council and shall serve a single term not to exceed three years.


Chair: Mishuana Goeman, University of California, Los Angeles (2016)
Lauren Araiza, Dennison University (2017)
Raúl Coronado, University of California, Berkeley(2018)
Treva Lindsey, Ohio State University, Columbus (2016)
Habiba Ibrahim, University of Washington, Seattle (2017)
Randy Ontiveros, University of Maryland, College Park (2017)
C. Riley Snorton, Cornell University (2018)
Kiara M. Vigil, Amherst College (2017)
Councilor: Kandice Chuh, ex officio, City University of New York Graduate Center (2017)

Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award

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Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award 2016

The Minority Scholars’ Committee of the American Studies Association invites nominations for the Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award. The prize was established in 2012, and will honor a scholar who, like Richard Yarborough, demonstrates dedication to and excellence in mentoring. The winner will be announced at the Mentoring Breakfast of the Minority Scholars’ Committee during the annual meeting of the association to be held November 16-20, 2016, in Denver, CO.  Deadline: March 15, 2016.

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Minority Scholars Breakfast

Please join us for the Minority Scholars’ Committee Mentoring Breakfast as we present our third annual Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award posthumously to ASA Program Committee co-chair, José E. Muñoz.  The breakfast will be held on Saturday, November 8, 8:00 am - 10:00 am, in the Avalon Room (L3) at the Westin Bonaventure.  We invite all minority students and faculty, and their allies, to celebrate Dr. Muñoz, make new friends, and consolidate existing mentoring networks.  For reservations: click here.

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Main issues affecting minority scholars?

Okay, I’ll be the first. Since I’m new to this venue, and would like to participate, I am wondering what this forum believes to be the main issues affecting minority scholars? And are these different from issues in the past few years?

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