A Commitment to Racial and Social Justice

In today’s political climate, the Council on Anthropology and Education’s (CAE) mission to resist all forms of oppression is as relevant today as when it was created. A persistent disregard for facts and an over reliance on ideological opinions heightens the need for evidence-based knowledge that is accessible to a broad public. Members of the CAE are committed to advancing anti-oppressive, socially- and racially-just approaches to educational problems through anthropological perspectives, theories, and methods. This includes resisting dehumanizing political agendas that have historically targeted minoritized groups and strengthening relationships among transdisciplinary scholars and educators to promote racial and social justice in all settings where learning takes place.

CAE members are engaged in a broad range of research and advocacy initiatives.

CAE members are engaged in a broad range of research and advocacy initiatives. We are comprised of the following fifteen standing thematic committees: Ethnography of Schools and Communities; Multilingualism, (Multi)Literacies and Language in Schools and Communities; Anthropology of Post-Secondary Education; Culture Learning and Transmission; African Americans, African Diaspora and Education; [email protected] and Education; Indigenous Education; Asians, Pacific Islanders, and Asian Americans in Education; Gender and Sexuality in Schools and Society; International Issues, (Im)migration, Transnationalism and Citizenship in Educational Contexts; Exceptionalities in Education; Privatization, Markets, and (Post-)Neoliberalism in Educational Contexts; Anthropology of Environmental and Science Education; Ethnography of Educational Policies and Systems; and Adult Teaching and Learning Communities, Workplaces and Schools.

The CAE breakfast during the 2017 AERA Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Kevin Foster

In the spirit of supporting anthropological research and scholars, the CAE sponsors a number of distinguished awards such as the Concha Delgado Gaitan Early Career Presidential Fellowship, Frederick Erickson Outstanding Dissertation Award, and the George and Louise Spindler recognition. Our members’ contributions can also be found in Anthropology and Education Quarterly (AEQ)—a CAE peer-review journal focused on anthropological theories and analyses of educational processes in and out of schools, in US and international contexts.

More recently, the CAE executive board has restated its priority to act as a voice of resistance against hostility and hate. In our first 2017 CAE column for Anthropology News, titled “Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election,” we commit to using our AN column as a platform to promote engaged scholarship, public dialogue, and debate on pressing issues. This call has led to AN columns focused on issues such as indigenous education, Islomophobia, language politics, and US-Mexico relations. During the upcoming 2017 AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, CAE will convene a half-day policy workshop led by Kevin Foster (CAE president-elect). This gathering will build relationships between anthropologists, teachers, and youth advocates while training them on how to collaboratively impact education policy while engaging broader communities in discussion related to their rights to safe, effective, and nurturing learning environments.

Please stay connected with CAE and our ongoing efforts by visiting our website, joining our listserv, and following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Patricia D. López (San Jose State University, [email protected]) and Cathy Amanti (Georgia State University, [email protected]) are contributing editors for the Council on Anthropology and Education.

We would like to thank CAE President Thea Abu El-Haj, and President-elect Kevin Foster, for their guidance.

Cite as:  López, Patricia D., and Cathy Amanti. 2017. “A Commitment to Racial and Social Justice.” Anthropology News website, August 4, 2017. doi: 10.1111/AN.543

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