As we welcome a new season with the arrival of fall, I find it is once again a difficult time. The turmoil and dissention of the previous year have not been resolved, and our mission of promoting understanding and social justice is more important than ever.
I am so very thankful for the continued commitment of Women in French and work of our Black Lives Matter Committee, which continues to advocate for change and equality. We now have a Women of French Statement Against Racial Violence that is visible on our website. In addition, we are continuing to advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion through support of statements for diversity and inclusion, as well as supporting statements against racism and violence, which are also visible on our website.
A heartfelt thanks and debt of gratitude to our Women in French Executive Board members, who continue to go above and beyond for our organization. Many thanks to our officers and board members: Past President Cecilia Beach, Vice President E. Nicole Meyer, Secretary Anne Marcoline, Treasurer Noëlle Brown, Midwest Regional Representative Jennifer Howell, New England and Eastern Canada Regional Representative Anne Brancky, Western U.S. and Western Canada Regional Representative Youna Kwak, Rocky Mountain Representative Courtney Sullivan, South Atlantic Regional Representative Adrienne Angelo, South Central Regional Representative Siham Bouamer, Graduate Student Representative Eric Wistrom, Website Coordinator and ListServ Manager Sara Giguère, Digital Content Coordinator Pooja Booluck, WIF Graduate Essay Award Committee Member Adrienne Angelo, WIF Undergraduate Essay Award Committee Member Karin Schwerdtner, WIF Studies Executive Editor Marijn Kaplan, Production Editor Annette Gabriel-Joseph, WIF Studies Library Circulation Manager Gina Stamm, WIF Studies Advertising Manager Evelyne Bornier, WIF Studies Book Review Editor Cheryl Toman, and WIF Studies Back Issues Manager Juliette Rogers.
I would particularly like to recognize and thank the ongoing work by several members who continue to serve: Newsletter Editor Cheryl A. Morgan, and Nominating Committee Co-Chairs Annabelle Rea and Colette Trout. Without your continued dedication to and tireless support of Women in French, we would not be the dynamic and extraordinary organization that we are today.
As I close this message, my hope is that we find reason for gratitude, remember those who grieve and continue to struggle, and reflect on the positive change that we can bring to those around us.