SRIS Posting (on August 8th, 2021) by Ethan Trinh
The Social Responsibility Interest Section (SRIS) supports and develops members engaged in integrating language teaching, research, and training with social responsibility, world citizenship, and awareness of global issues such as peace, human rights, and the environment. The SRIS promotes social responsibility within the profession to advance social equity, respect for differences, and multicultural understandings through education. The 2021-2022 SRIS leadership team includes our Co-Chair Luis Javier Pentón Herrera and Ethan Trinh, our Co-Chair Elects Fatmeh Alalawneh and Bashar Al Hariri, Newsletter Co-Editors John Turnbull and Trisha Dowling, and Community Managers Carter Winkle and Juan Ríos Vega. Our 2020-2021 Past Co-Chairs are Federico Salas-Isnardi and Sky Lantz-Wagner, who masterfully led our SRIS community through the beginning of the COVID pandemic.
This 2021-2022 year, we have wonderful leaders who have made a commitment to social justice and responsibility. Our vision this year as Co-Chairs of the SRIS is to continue connecting, empowering, and building a global SRIS community. We plan to do this in three different ways:
#1) Fostering new SRIS leadership by empowering Areas of Advocacy (AoA) leaders. This upcoming year, we have asked the AoA leaders to take a more active role in our community, starting with this special newsletter issue devoted to introducing our SRIS community leadership. Our AoAs and AoA leaders are:
English Learner Advocacy serves to build a community within which equitable practices and pedagogies are examined from the theoretical spectrum, leading to innovative, practical applications. (Led by Adil Bentahar, Leigh Anne Shaw, and Edson Ursulo)
Intersections of Identity and Language Teaching aims to raise awareness and foster dialogue and debate about different conceptualizations and practices of identity among our ELT communities. (Led by Carter Winkle, Elisabeth Chan, and Michel Riquelme Sanderson)
Professional Learning serves to connect members of the TESOL community who want to unpack specific areas of social justice and equity in education and includes teacher education, curriculum development, and social justice resources. (Led by Heidi Faust)
Global Issues in Education includes peace, the environment, and economic justice, and focuses on understanding how students, administrators, researchers, and civil society can foster new generations of citizens who care about global issues. (Led by Yecid Ortega and Valerie Jakar)
#2) Enhancing the knowledge of the SRIS community by highlighting AoAs and their work. Starting this year, AoA leaders will plan monthly webinars in which they feature and explore topics of interest for their Areas of Advocacy.
#3) Collaborating with other interest sections and leaders to explore important issues affecting our members and those we serve. We are actively working and collaborating with other interest-section leaders to bring you relevant sections at the TESOL 2022 Convention, where we explore the topic of social responsibility from different perspectives, and other additional webinars during the academic year 2022-2023.SRIS Leadership Team