ACSP Special Election Results
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
With a record number of votes being submitted for all three candidates, we are excited to share that Laxmi Ramasubramanian will step in immediately as the ACSP Vice President/President Elect to complete the term recently vacated by Carissa Slotterback.
No doubt we’ll miss Carissa, however Laxmi’s past experience with ACSP ensures a smooth transition. As the Vice-President, her primary tasks will be to oversee Association publications and conferences, as well as acting as the Association parliamentarian during official meetings. As she automatically assumes the role of President in 2021, she’ll have had a full year of experience behind her interpreting policy established by the Association, assisting with committee appointments, working with the ACSP Treasurer to understand the budget, and guiding the Association’s large number of committees, on-going projects and staff administration. Please read her candidate statement below and get to know (and welcome) Laxmi!
The coronavirus pandemic and the growing movement to redress racial and social injustices have refocused our attention to the persistent inequalities that harm our most vulnerable populations, particularly people of color. I am putting myself forward as a candidate for VP/President-Elect because ACSP must actively support BIPOC planning faculty and students clearly and unequivocally, not just through words, but with actions.
ACSP's value statement says, “planners link knowledge with collective action, work in the public interest, and advocate for transformational change."
It is a good aspirational statement, but we must do much more! As an immigrant woman of color, I am eager to work in partnership with our membership and our interest groups to identify & implement specific steps through our research, teaching, and everyday practices to create the transformational changes that we seek.
As we pivot toward online/remote teaching modalities, planning programs must address access and equity concerns while championing community-engaged teaching/learning. I have been involved with the ACSP since my days as a graduate student.
I have served on the President’s Review & Appraisal Committee (2009-2010) and as a Governing Board member representing the Northeast from 2016–2018 and re-elected for a second term, stepping down because I moved away from the region. I have extensive association management experience, serving as Board Member and President of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. I hope to use that knowledge and experience to accomplish our shared goals.