Support Our Asian Members
“What can the ASA do to help develop the statistical capacity in my country?”
That’s what attendees asked during a JSM 2017 workshop focused on cultivating opportunities to support our Asian members.
It’s an important question, and it’s the type of thinking that helps us extend our international reach.
As an ASA member, you understand the value of diversity and recognize that, together, we are a global force for the profession. Here are just some examples of the impact members like you are making around the world.
Even before he had the opportunity to participate in four JSM continuing education courses, Mitonga Kabwebwe was making plans to share what he learned with his colleagues in his home country, Namibia.
Mitonga Kabwebwe, 2017 Educational Ambassador
Kabwebwe is the associate dean for the school of public health at the University of Namibia, and thanks to your ongoing financial support, he was able to attend JSM 2017 as the ASA Educational Ambassador. He will pass his new knowledge along to others at home, advancing the practice of statistics and serving the people of Namibia.
The Educational Ambassador program is a great example of how your contributions make it possible for the ASA to have a world-wide impact on the practice and profession of statistics.
The ASA’s elected leaders are also exploring new ways to reach statistical practitioners around the world.
ASA President Barry Nussbaum’s new presidential initiative aims to identify the needs of Asian statisticians and encourage their participation in ASA leadership.
The workshop at JSM 2017, led by Amarjot Kaur and 2015 ASA President David Morganstein, gathered representatives from the ASA and three Asian statistical associations. They discussed how to nurture Asian statistical practitioners and shared their own experiences of overcoming obstacles to leadership and success. Each presenter also affirmed the importance of formal and informal mentoring provided by membership in our associations.
The conversation at JSM 2017 was just the beginning of this initiative, but its success relies on the ongoing support and effort from members like you.
“Like Barry, I am convinced successful efforts on these initiatives will serve to enhance the value of ASA membership and our entire profession,” says Ron Wasserstein, ASA executive director.
Representatives from the ASA and three Asian statistical associations discuss how to nurture Asian statistical practitioners and share their experiences of overcoming obstacles to leadership and success during a JSM 2017 workshop.
Let’s support and celebrate the rich diversity that makes the ASA strong!