On behalf of the Executive Board of your Society, I want to take this opportunity to give you a very quick update on an important AAA led initiative to support scholars in need and how our Society is participating.
It is no exaggeration to say that we are living in a time of profound uncertainty and disruption. Actions that are necessary to try and control the transmission and toll of COVID-19 have resulted in serious emotional, social and economic hardship for many people. Unfortunately, as with many health and economic crises, the brunt of the suffering is felt disproportionately by those who were already in the most precarious positions within our communities. That is no less true of our scholarly communities than of the wider societies in which we live.
In response, the AAA has created an emergency grant fund to assist financially vulnerable AAA members who are self-employed, sole proprietors, or teaching part-time. Further information about the fund can be found on the AAA website: https://www.americananthro.org/StayInformed/NewsDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=25649. Applications are due May 10.
The SAS/SASci Executive Board met on Friday and agreed to donate $500 towards this fund. As individuals, some of us may be in a position to make additional donations, however, we all recognize that these are extraordinarily difficult times for everyone, so while we encourage everyone to help where they can, we understand entirely that it may not be possible.
Please take care and stay safe.
President of the Society for Anthropological Sciences