As we approach the lazy days of summer, many of us are starting to think about the demands we can set aside for a few months — whether that’s taking the kiddos to the bus stop or getting a break from lecturing. There’s no summer break for me, as I work outside of academia and my daughter has yet to hit school age. However, with longer days and warmer weather, my brain kicks into Summer-mode, too.
And that got me thinking: Can I lessen my load; take the summer “off” as it were? Are there chores or activities I can set aside? Well, the one thing I can assure you that I’m not setting aside is EDRA… and I don’t think you should either!
I think so many of us walk away from the annual conference at the end of May thinking, “Man, what a great week! Always a great event.” We share our notes with colleagues who couldn’t make it, add new contacts to LinkedIn, maybe send a few follow-up emails. Then we get busy with our routines again, and might not think about EDRA until it is time for the next conference. But, did you know that EDRA is still hard at work? And that we’re working for you, and that we want to work with you?
Headquarters and the Board never stop. We’re already planning EDRA48 in Madison, Wisconsin next year. In fact, we’re already even planning EDRA49! We’re also getting ready to on-board our new Board members, and we’re strategically looking at our future. So, be sure to read those e-blasts that come your way as we progress. We’re constantly sharing ways you can get involved.
As the chairperson of the Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) program, I’m also very engaged with an amazing group of volunteers. We’re diligently working through these lazy days of summer to bring you the latest round of CORE, so the submissions process can open without a hitch on September 15, 2016.
And please don’t forget to spread the word about CORE! Just reach out to that practitioner whose work you admire and let them know about the program. You can also go to the website to read about it, and feel free to ask us questions. That way, when the call comes out, you’ll be prepared to submit!
What’s my point in telling you all this? I want you to know there’s never a bad time to get involved with EDRA. We’re more than an annual conference; we’re more than a webpage or twitter feed. We are a network of volunteers, working for the greater good. If you can stand behind EDRA’s mission to facilitate “the creation of environments that are responsive to human needs, improve quality of life, and enhance the meaning of place,” then can you stand behind EDRA, as well?
Please, consider volunteering to show your support and contribute your expertise.
Find something about EDRA that you’re passionate about—something that you’re willing to share a few of moments of your precious time to help us make a difference. Then, simply reach out to the Board or to Headquarters. We’ll get you in contact with whomever you need to be talking to. Not all of our ideas and wishes can happen in a year, but if you never stand up and ask or offer to help, how will you ever know what the possibilities could be?
Will YOU stand up for, and with, EDRA?
(Hey, if anything, it’d make a great addition to your “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” report come Fall!)