CALL FOR VOLUNTEER – GLOBAL SOUTH STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
The ICA Student and Early Career Advisory Committee (SECAC) has been working on several projects these past few months. We would like to introduce you to one of these projects, one which has particular importance to the development of our Student and Early Career Community: the creation of a Global South Student and Early Career Representative position within the SECAC.
According to the American University Center for the Global South, Global South is a term used to describe “the nations of Africa, Central and Latin America, and most of Asia.” Overall, ICA lacks representation of Global South scholars, and what is true for the whole of ICA is even truer for its Student and Early Career Community (see Bridging the North-South Gap for the Next Generation of Scholars). While Student and Early Career scholars from the Global South are present at ICA Regional Conferences, they are underrepresented at ICA Annual Conferences and within the Student and Early Career Leadership. In 2018, in a globalized world and in an international association, this is an unacceptable situation.
We have therefore decided to create a position dedicated to Student and Early Career scholars from the Global South specifically.
Are you a young scholar currently working in the Global South? If so, this position might be of great interest to you!
The aim of this position is to:
Better represent Global South Students and Early Career Scholars
Facilitate communication between Global South Student and Early Career Communities and SECAC Leadership to be inclusive of Global South Student and Early Career Scholar needs in the annual SECAC strategic plan
Foster the presence of Global South Student and Early Career scholars at ICA Regional and Annual Conferences
To this end, the Global South Representative will be expected to:
Have a wide network within his/her region and be willing to expand this network to reach Global South Student and Early Career scholars worldwide
Communicate with Global South Student and Early Career Communities, including answering enquiries about ICA and conveying news and information to increase the presence of Global South Student and Early Career Scholars at ICA Conferences
Eventually attend the ICA Regional Conference as ICA SECAC Representative [conditions to be determined]
The SECAC will propose an official installment of this position during the ICA Washington, D.C. Board Meeting so that the Global South Student and Early Career Representative can be elected during the 2019 ICA-wide elections.
In the meantime, the SECAC would like to call upon Global South Student and Early Career volunteers to work on the creation of this position and start building more links between the ICA Student and Early Career Community and the Global South Student and Early Career Communities. The SECAC will be appointing Global South Student and Early Career Representatives until the election process for the position is set up.
The conditions are as follows:
If you would like to become the first Global South Student and Early Career Representative for a term going from January 2019 to May 2020, please send a CV and cover letter highlighting your motivation to fulfill this role to: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 1 January, 2019. Your CV and cover letter will be reviewed by the Student and Early Career Advisory Committee.
We hope you are as excited as we are at the prospect of a more diverse and more representative Student and Early Career Community within ICA!