American Sociological Association

Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities

The purpose of the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities is to encourage research, theory, and teaching concerning the relation between socially defined racial and ethnic groups. The encouragement of scholarship contributing to the welfare of all, rather than the promotion of any particular group's social or political interests, is a paramount goal of the Section.

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Sections are constituent parts of the American Sociological Association. The purpose of Sections is to promote the common interest of Association members in specified areas of sociology. Both the growth of membership in the Association and proliferation of specialties in sociology have brought about a need for Sections; they are a means of increasing communication and interaction among persons of similar interests within the framework of a larger organizations. While Sections facilitate relationships and work among persons with a common interest, they also provide an opportunity for individuals to participate actively in their national association.

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Participating in sections is a great way to become involved in ASA. In addition to staying current in special interest areas, sections provide excellent networking opportunities. Sections produce newsletters which are mailed to current section members. Section newsletters detail current section research, grant opportunities, book announcements, and other pertinent information. Sections sponsor sessions during the ASA Annual Meetings. Section Program Committees design the section themes, coordinate the Call for Papers, and organize the presentations. Section sessions are diverse and rich in specified areas of sociology. At each Annual Meeting, representatives from each Section volunteer to staff an ASA Section information table to talk to prospective members about current section events. Sections also participate in the ASA Annual Meeting Welcoming Party to further provide opportunities for face to face interaction.

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