In response to the increase in anti-Asian hate speed and acts of violence driven by COVID-19 fears, unfounded conspiracy theories and latent racism, the NJCA Executive Board denounces all forms of misogynistic violence, racism, discrimination, xenophobia and nativism. We condemn these attacks and the racist rhetoric that fuels them. We call on all members of our Association and the general public to actively resist ill-informed, biased perspectives about Asian people. We stand in solidarity with our Asian colleagues and their Communities and extend our support to those affected.
As we mourn those who were lost, we also affirm our commitment to becoming a deeply anti-racist organization and working towards a more just society. As a collective of communication scholars and practitioners, we are committed to social justice and understand the need for transparent, open, and culturally sensitive dialogue. We need to work collectively to stop anti-Asian racism along with all other forms of racism and discrimination in our society.
Due to Rutgers University closing classes until April 3 and canceling all other events to April 15th, our NJCA Conference schedule for 3/28/20 has been postponed! We are reviewing alternatives and expect to post another announcement within a few days.
Great news: As in initiative to strengthen its relationships with state-level communication organizations, the Eastern Communication Association is providing three NJCA members with free annual memberships.
At our board meeting on Saturday, we decided to prioritize people who wish to attend the ECA convention in Baltimore this April. (You’d still have to pay for conference registration but it would be at the discounted member cost; and, of course, you wouldn’t have to pay for membership, which comes with a journal and other benefits.)
If you wish to have a chance to win an ECA membership, please email Todd Kelshaw at email@example.com before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday 1/29. (Apologies for the quick turn-around. We have to get the names to ECA by the end of the month.)
After getting a list of names, we’ll draw three randomly. Voila!