It is hard to believe that 23 years ago, I was attending my first CACUHO in San Francisco. In the past 23 years, I have watched WACUHO grow, develop and be enhanced as an Association. So many amazing leaders have laid foundation upon which this year’s executive committee hopes to build on. I want to start by saying thank you to those of you who have served WACUHO in the past, by giving your time, leadership, and mentorship!
The new executive committee has met twice already, with our next meeting on July 21st. We have been posting our Agendas and action items on the website for you to see. If you look at the “News and Updates” section of our website, you will see the latest information to be released. The Agenda for the July 21st meeting has already posted here.
We are excited to try out new technologies and felt really good about our Facebook live time on the WACUHO Family and Friends page. Our next one is scheduled for Noon on Tuesday, August 1st. Grab your lunch and join us! If you have things you wish for me to discuss, or suggestions, email me at email@example.com.
As you have seen with our recent announcement here, our major focus this year is on Equity and Inclusion. You will continue to see new initiatives as we roll them out. In addition, we will be focusing on other areas as well:
- The development of an Assessment and Research Committee
- A workgroup to look at a 10 year financial plan
- A workgroup to look at our corporate partners structure and recommend changes
Nationally, a lot of discussion is happening around inclusion, and the concept of authenticity. A lot of time when we (as a field) discuss being our authentic selves, it can tend to marginalize those colleagues with marginalized identities because they do not feel the freedoms those of us with privileged identities feel. I posted on the Facebook page the story of a former WACUHO Member, Dr. Jonathan Higgins. If you are unfamiliar with this story, it is a critical incident for us to discuss as a field. It really is the difference between wanting diversity and valuing equity and inclusion. Here is a good place to start: https://medium.com/@JGoldenBattle/an-open-letter-to-naspas-kevin-kruger-6c9f76b148d6
We need to be discussing these incidents as an association. We need to be listening and stepping outside our comfort zones, especially as white professionals with power.
If you haven’t yet considered what to do with your professional develop plan for the upcoming year, I strongly encourage you to consider putting WACUHO 2018 on your agenda. We will be in San Diego, March 25-28th. Be on the lookout next month as we announce some changes to our Annual Conference and Exposition, that we believe will help facilitate the kind of conversations we need to be having as an Association and as a field to make us all better professionals, work to eliminate the hurt and harm our actions may cause, and continue to create a truly inclusive Association and field for all colleagues to feel like they can be a part of. We know going to these conferences costs money and sometimes requires personal financial investment. We are currently working on ways in which we can alleviate some costs and help people get to the conference, spend the night at the conference and enjoy the conference who might not have the opportunity to do that in the past. More to come on that, but be on the lookout!
With that, I send you back to your summer. For many the belief is our summers are quiet – but we know summer work is different – most of us have started or are about to start training (I see us quarter schools!) Things are always busy in our worlds. Make sure you take time to take care of yourself. Thank you again for being a part of our great association!!!