Serving on an NAES standing committee is excellent preparation for Board service, and offers a significant avenue in which to serve the organization. Nearly all of the standing committees welcome non-Board members to contribute. To inquire about serving on an NAES committee, please contact the chair of the committee in which you are interested.

Executive Committee

Executive Committee Chair, Ravi Perry – (

The four officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer) and the immediate past president serve as the members of the Executive Committee. Except for the power to amend the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, the Executive Committee shall have all the powers and authority of the Board in the intervals between meetings of the Board and is subject to the direction and approval of a majority of the Board.

Finance Committee

Finance Committee Chair – Boris Ricks (

The Treasurer is the chair of the Finance Committee.  The Finance Committee is responsible for developing and reviewing fiscal procedures and the annual budget with staff and other Board members.  The Board must approve the budget and all expenditures must be within a balanced budget. Any extraordinary change in the budget must be approved by the Board or the Executive Committee.  This fiscal year shall be the calendar year.

Annual reports are required to be submitted to the Board indicating income, expenditures and pending income.  The financial records of the NAES are public information and shall be made available to the membership, Board members and the public. The Finance Committee is responsible for organizing an NAES audit every five years.

Conference Committee

2018 Conference Committee Chair – Ravi Perry (

The Conference Committee develops bids for the annual conference and proposes to the Board local sites for the Annual Conference. The Committee also develops plenary sessions for each upcoming conference that address relevant local and national issues. In consultation with the Board, the Committee also oversees the development of the annual conference theme and call for papers/proposals.

Fundraising & Membership Committee

Fundraising Chair – Ron Scapp  (

Membership Chair – Susan Asai (

This Committee is vital to the life and financial well-being of NAES and is responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing all fundraising activities in support of the mission of NAES. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, developing strategies for fundraising, identifying and maintaining lists of potential sponsors/donors, annually soliciting sponsors for specific events/activities (e.g., conference), overseeing all interaction with donors/sponsors.

In addition, the committee will work closely with the Executive Director to oversee membership, prepare the annual membership renewal drive, and verify that the membership list is regularly updated. It will also work with the Publications/Public Relations Committee to ensure all publication materials are sent to members.

Awards Committee


Sophie Alves (

Natchee Barnd (

This Committee oversees the organization’s annual awards, student presentation awards, and student travel awards. In the case of the Irby award, which is given to one who has achieved distinction in his or her own professional life and community, demonstrated commitment to the goals and ideals of NAES, and shown leadership qualities in the organization, the committee announces the nomination process, receives nominations, administers voting, and arranges for the presentation of awards at the annual conference. In the case of the Pon award, the Committee works with the local conference site community to identify award candidates and arranges for the presentation of the award at the annual conference. The committee must also be in consultation with the Treasurer and President regarding the financial status of the monies set aside for the awards.

Publications/Public Relations Committee


Craig Cook (

David Aliano (

The Publications/Public Relations Committee prepares, coordinates, maintains, and disseminates all information regarding NAES.  Public Relations activities include print, electronic, and social media designed to increase scholarly and public knowledge of NAES and Ethnic Studies. The flagship publication for NAES is its biannual, peer-reviewed journal, Ethnic Studies Review.

A collaborative editorial board oversees the production of the journal; the editors, in conjunction with an advisory board, are responsible for ensuring the highest academic standards for publication.  Members and the public are kept abreast of news and information regarding the National Association for Ethnic Studies via its newsletter, the Ethnic Reporter, which is published periodically.

Working closely with the Executive Director, the Publications/Public Relations Committee manages the NAES website, the primary portal to information regarding the organization, and coordinates all social networking outreach (e.g., Facebook, Twitter).

Graduate Student Affairs Committee


Sophie Alves (

Susan Asai (

Co-chaired by the Graduate Student Representative and another board member, the Committee brings graduate student issues to the Board, coordinates graduate student panels, network activities for the annual meeting, and oversees communication among graduate student members. The Committee should include NAES members and not solely members of the Board of Directors.