AAAA President’s Corner
The American Association for Affirmative Action congratulates President Barack Obama on his re-election to his second term as the 44th President of the United States of America. During our 2012 National Conference (“The Fierce Urgency of Now: The Economic Case for EEO, Affirmative Action and Diversity”), in Washington, DC this past June, we focused on the demographic trends in America. We did so because the work that we do regarding access, equity and diversity, has made it very clear to us for some time that business, education and government cannot afford to side step this predictability. Recent demographic changes in America represent the people that made it possible for Mr. Obama to succeed by garnering the majority electoral as well as the majority popular vote on November 6, 2012.
The United States of America is rapidly becoming a minority-majority, and women, the GBLT community, and the great diversity in the Generation X must be included in the governance of this country for us to maintain global leadership status with respect to economics, education, science, medicine, technology, and employment.
America has to make critical investments and pay attention to our future leaders and decision makers to improve the quality of life for everyone. That is why equal opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity are imperative tools that go beyond being morally correct. They are necessary to our nation’s social, economic, and political survival.
Please spread the word to your friends, colleagues, community organizations and anyone who will listen, that we will partner with groups and organizations to champion this nation’s need to authentically address demographic challenges. We salute the University of Texas at Austin for understanding the demographic reality and its bold admissions policy to accommodate demographic changes. For this reason we submitted an Amicus Curie Brief in the Fisher v. University of Texas Case.
May 6 – 10, 2013, we will host our 39th Annual Conference (“Diversity on Trial: The Compelling Case for Affirmative Action in Education and the Workplace.”), in San Antonio, Texas. Make certain you join us to learn and to make your voice heard in concert with the AAAA national movement.
Gregory T. Chambers