MIE & La RED TIGs Week: Welcome to MIE & La RED AEA 365 Week by Ayesha Boyce

Hello! My name is Ayesha Boyce. I am a co-chair of the Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation (MIE) Topic Interest Group (TIG) and member of the Latinx Responsive Evaluation Discourse (La RED) TIG. I am also an assistant professor within the Department of Educational Research Methodology at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. I am excited to welcome you to MIE & La RED TIGs Week on AEA365. We have an exciting line-up of blog posts for you this week written by our TIG members.

MIE and La RED share parallel goals:

The mission of MIE is to raise the level of discourse on the role of people of color in the improvement of the theory, practice, and methods of evaluation, and to increase the participation of members of racial and ethnic minority groups in the evaluation profession.

The mission of La RED is to increase representation, engagement and leadership of Latina/o and other evaluators in theory, research and practice of culturally responsive evaluation especially involving the Latina/o community through the development of sustainable avenues for the development and application of Latina/o responsive evaluation theory and practice.

In the past we have coordinated to bring TIG members’ concerns to the AEA Board, co-sponsored conference sessions, held joint business meetings, and have served on the planning committee for the AEA Dialogues on Race and Class. We continue to collaborate to increase diversity and inclusivity within AEA. Below is a picture from Evaluation 2018 in Cleveland at our joint business meeting.

MIE & LaRED TIG business meeting at Evaluation 2018

We also share similar challenges:

This past year both TIGs have struggled with attrition of leadership. While we are pleased with all that we have been able to accomplish with leadership team positions open, we hope to fill these positions soon!

Hot Tip #1: We would love for you to get involved! Both TIGs have vacant leadership positions and also have leaders whose terms end this November. Volunteering to serve as a TIG leader is a great way to expand your professional network. The MIE TIG also has Social Justice, Awards, and Mentorship Committees for you to join.

Hot Tip #2: Join us at AEA 2019. We have been diligently planning and preparing for the upcoming conference. Please join us in Minneapolis for our business meetings. Both TIGS also have 14 sponsored or cosponsored presentations at the conference.

Hot Tip#3: AEA Town Hall. La RED leaders Grisel Robles-Schrader, Asma Ali, and I were recently panelists on the Member Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion within AEA Virtual Town Hall. It was the first of many AEA open dialogues surrounding these important issues. If you were unable to attend you can watch the recorded conversation here.

Hot Tip #4: Engage with us on social media: If you want to stay in the know about current TIG events and activities, follow us on Twitter (@LAREDEvaluators , @MIEvalTIG) or join/follow our Facebook groups (Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation TIG https://www.facebook.com/LAREDEvaluators/).

Rad Resources:

The American Evaluation Association is celebrating Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation (MIE) and Latina/o Responsive Evaluation Discourse (La RED) TIGs Week with our colleagues in both the MIE and La RED Topical Interest Groups. The contributions all this week to aea365 come from MIE or  La RED TIG members. Do you have questions, concerns, kudos, or content to extend this aea365 contribution? Please add them in the comments section for this post on the aea365 webpage so that we may enrich our community of practice. Would you like to submit an aea365 Tip? Please send a note of interest to aea365@eval.org. aea365 is sponsored by the American Evaluation Association and provides a Tip-a-Day by and for evaluators.

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