Decisions of the ASA Board of Directors, November 2016-February 2017

The ASA Board of Directors made the following decisions in the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017:

-The Board approved the launch of a small grants program for Coordinate Organizations, to begin in 2017
-The Board approved a conflict of interest policy for all ASA prize and award committees
-The Board approved the signing of an extended memorandum of understanding with the American Anthropological Association to hold a second joint meeting in Africa in 2018
-The Board approved a draft contract with Rutgers University which will extend the ASA’s hosting agreement with Rutgers University through 2022.
-The Board voted to approve candidates to fill all open positions on ASA prize and award committees
-The Board voted to create an advocacy committee on the ASA Board of Directors
-The Board approved the committee structure and assignment of Board Members to committees for 2017
-The Board passed the 2017 Budget
-The Board approved the new investment portfolio allocation presented to the ASA by TIAA-CREF Portfolio Management Services
-The Board approved an advocacy statement regarding the Executive Order banning travel from seven countries
-The Board approved to sign-on to a join advocacy statement regarding the EO travel ban in collaboration with NCASA (National Council of Area Studies Associations)
-The Board approved the creation of two travel grants to subsidize ASA members to attend key advocacy events