Dear ASA Community,

Last Friday’s vote by Congress to approve the FY2018 Spending Bill was an incredible step forward for the Humanities and International Education. The bill funds Title VI at its current level and restores funding for Fulbright-Hays to FY2017 levels. It also includes an increase of $3 million dollars for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the remainder of FY2018. This bill is a radical shift from the funding cuts and program eliminations proposed in earlier versions of the bill.

This success provides proof that strong advocacy initiatives such as those led by the National Humanities Alliance and the Coalition for International Education can effectively shape policy in Washington. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our ASA members who have engaged in our advocacy initiatives over the six months aimed at ensuring that the new Federal Budget includes adequate funding for international education and the humanities. In particular, I want to thank all of you who participated in the letter-signing campaign led by the NHA, our advocacy grantees, and all those who picked up their phone to call their congressperson themselves to speak in support of the endangered programs. I also want to thank Kathryn Salucka, Program Manager for Advocacy at the ASA Secretariat, and Profs. Timothy Longman and Derek Peterson, former and current chairs of the ASA advocacy committee for their work to keep the ASA engaged with advocacy during this critical time.

Best regards,

Suzanne Baazet
Executive Director, ASA

March 26, 2018