Statement of Inclusivity - February 2017
The University of Film and Video Association is a community of makers, writers, researchers, scholars, and speakers. As such, we recognize that it is our respons-ibility to stand in support of the values of freedom of expression and to speak out when those values are questioned or threatened, potentially harming the members of our vibrant and diverse community.
Numerous national and campus-centered events of the past year have been emotional and divisive, making conversations about politics, policy, and social issues and the practice of free expression challenging in the midst of an increasingly polarized environment.
The UFVA maintains an unwavering commitment to building and promoting a genuinely inclusive and harassment-free community for students, faculty, staff, and media-makers of all identities, backgrounds, abilities, and beliefs.
In particular, we support those who have been affected by the recent Executive Order instituting a travel ban, or who may be affected by future restrictive immigration orders, which we recognize will result in deep and lasting harm to our community. The UFVA endorses border and immigration policies that protect the open exchange of ideas and the dignity of all citizens, nationally and internationally.
The University Film and Video Association pledges the following:
We respect and affirm the dignity and the inherent rights of each member of our academic community;
We value our colleagues because of our diverse backgrounds and perspectives, not in spite of them;
We will continually and actively foster an environment of mutual respect for the free expression of all individuals, so long as this expression excludes blatantly intolerant, hateful, disruptive, threatening, or harmful speech or actions against a person or group;
We will address and denounce harmful speech or actions;
We will attempt, to the best of our ability, to educate our faculty, staff and students about and within an affirmative and inclusive community;
And, we will hold ourselves and each other to high standards of respect, mutual understanding, and open-mindedness with regard to all populations and identities.
President's Corner - December 2016
I am the incoming president of UFVA, and I'm excited to serve as president in an organization that I have loved for over 20 years. I look forward to working with all of you as we take the University Film and Video Association into a bright future!
My first order of business is to offer a heartfelt thank you to Francisco Menendez, who served as president from 2014-2016. In his role, he took on the unprecedented task of leading the organization AND hosting the 70th annual conference, CONTENT CREATION IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, this past August at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Nevada, where we celebrated over a century of cinema while exploring cutting-edge developments in image production, exhibition, and teaching.
California State University Los Angeles will be hosting our 71st annual conference in 2017. Located fifteen minutes east of downtown Los Angeles, and thirty minutes from Hollywood, CSULA is one of the most culturally diverse campuses in the United States. The main conference dates will be July 30th through August 2nd (Sunday through Wednesday) 2017, with pre-conference activities on July 28th and 29th. The conference theme is MEDIA DIVERSITY: INCLUSION AND CONVERGENCE.
Please click here to go to the conference page, where you can get all the details about UFVA 2017, including submission guidelines.
For questions or concerns about the conference, contact the Conference VP, Brigid Maher, or the Conference VP-Elect, H.D. Motyl.
Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season, and we look forward to seeing all of you at California State University Los Angeles in July of next year!
UFVA President 2016-2018
These Amazing Shadows from UFVA memberBetsy McLane.
tatanka from UFVA member Jacob Bricca.