[AISWorld] AIS Response to the Recent Executive Order on Immigration in the United States
pcpalvia at uncg.edu
Thu Feb 2 20:55:43 EST 2017
Good point, Hossein.
In a previous email, I had recommended to the AIS membership to take a vote
of its membership regarding drafting an appropriate resolution. I don't
think we will be breaking any laws. This will be well within a democratic
As President Roosevelt, in his famous inaugural speech, stated: “the only
thing we need to fear is fear itself”.
*Prashant Palvia, Ph.D., Joe Rosenthal Excellence Professor,
<https://baelearn.uncg.edu/people/palvia/>Bryan School of Business and
EconomicsThe University of North Carolina at Greensboro 426 Bryan Building,
Greensboro, NC 27402, USA, Ph: 336.334.4818*
On Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 8:27 PM, Hossein Seif Zadeh <hossein.work at icloud.com>
> Dear Jason,
> As a member of AIS, I thank you for taking the initiative to put pen to
> paper. That is a great start and I am sure most (if not all) AIS members
> continue to support the list you have included in your email (rotating
> conferences, rotating leadership, eLibrary, etc).
> But I am obliged to point out none of these were the point of discussion
> over the past few days. The point was, and remains, whether the so-called
> Muslim-ban affects enough AIS members to warrant putting a collective
> statement forward. I am not promoting one side or the other of the
> argument, but re-iterating a set of principles which have little to do with
> the argument does not resolve it.
> Warm regards,
> > On 1 Feb 2017, at 12:55 pm, Jason Thatcher <jthatch at clemson.edu> wrote:
> > Dear Friends and Colleagues,
> > Following the recent Executive Order on Immigration in the United
> States, many members have reached out to me and the Association's
> leadership team to express concerns about how recent changes in the global
> political landscape:
> > * affect members' ability to participate in Association for
> Information Systems (AIS) conferences;
> > * undermine members' ability to engage in free and open academic
> inquiry; and,
> > * to ask AIS to speak out against the Executive Order, as it hurts
> academic freedom.
> > Please accept my thanks for sharing your thoughts and your many
> expressions of support for sustaining our inclusive, global Information
> Systems community.
> > That AIS supports free and open exchange of ideas, as well as the free
> and open movement of our members as they seek to do so, should not be
> questioned. We are a global Association, composed of more than 4,400
> members, who work in 107 countries, and who represent many more
> nationalities. As an Association, we thrive from the diversity of social,
> political and cultural beliefs that shape the intellectual culture of our
> field, and are represented at our conferences.
> > However, because of our diversity, AIS has a long standing best practice
> that restricts our officers from taking a position on national or regional
> political issues on behalf of the Association, no matter how personally
> repugnant leadership may find a policy.
> > While the global political landscape may have changed, the AIS
> leadership team remains true to the Association's core values of
> inclusiveness, diversity and open exchange of ideas. We are dedicated to
> furthering the Associations' primary mission, of growing and sustaining an
> inclusive, diverse, global information systems community.
> > To that end, we remain committed to:
> > * Requiring the location of our largest conference, the International
> Conference on Information Systems be held on a different continent each
> year, thereby creating opportunities for our members to learn more about
> different cultures and ways of doing things.
> > * Rotating our leadership, such that AIS Presidents and most AIS Vice
> Presidents are drawn from different regions of the globe every year,
> thereby ensuring diverse views and voices are represented in policy
> > * Providing an accessible dues structure that ensures IS academics
> from the lowest income countries can afford to participate in the
> > Further, we support:
> > * Conserving scholarly artifacts from all regions of the world in the
> AIS e-library, as a means to ensure all members' work has a permanent and
> globally-accessible repository.
> > * Hosting conferences and workshops in all regions of the world,
> irrespective of the dominant faith, creed, or ethnicity, thereby supporting
> the growth of our scholarly community.
> > * Growing diversity in our Association, through Colleges such as the
> AIS Women's Network and SIGs, such as SIG Inclusion, that afford
> opportunities for all members of the IS discipline to fully participate in
> our Association; and,
> > * Exploring alternative means of conference participation,
> particularly for members who are unable to participate due to restrictions
> on movement.
> > For 22 years this global mission and principles have been the bedrock of
> AIS. I encourage AIS members to join us in supporting these initiatives -
> and to suggest more - because by doing so, we enable better scholarship,
> more effective pedagogy, and strengthen our global Information Systems
> > Sincerely,
> > [https://ci3.googleusercontent.com/proxy/vJSmnxinG1kIZB3Tkvpdf26MZNTwMX
> > Jason Bennett Thatcher
> > President
> > Association for Information Systems
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