BrELT is very happy to have VOICES Sig from Braz- Tesol helping us think of the current elections. Braz- Tesol is Brazil’s largest association of teachers of English to speakers of other languages. BrELT is happy to support the association.
Well, not gender alone! In this post we’d like to advocate for diversity and give some suggestions for things we believe are essential to consider when you cast your vote in these BRAZ-TESOL elections.
Cintia Rodrigues, Claire Venables, Ila Coimbra, Nina Loback
Diversity is a topic that has become increasingly discussed in business, marketing, international organizations, social media and many other channels of communication.
And it’s not just a buzzword.
According to an increasing number of experts “non-homogeneous teams are simply smarter” because “working with people who are different from you may challenge your brain to overcome its stale ways of thinking and sharpens its performance” (Heidi Grant). Team diversity takes into account a range of individual differences such as age, ethnicity, religious background, experience, skills, sexual orientation, and political preferences, among others.
This, believe it or not, has a lot to do with the upcoming BRAZ-TESOL elections. There are almost 2000 official members with the opportunity to vote for who will represent them for the next 2 years. The result of this election is of utmost importance as it will decide who gets a say in many of the decisions made on our behalf.
As you consider your options from the list of candidates, we’d like you to take into account the following:
- Do your homework
Take the time to find out who the candidate is. Avoid voting for someone based on how familiar their face is. Find out about their professional background, experience and what they stand for within ELT. If this is not clear in their bio and personal statement, contact them and ask questions.
- Think collectively, not individually
As we mentioned earlier, a diverse team brings multiple perspectives for solving problems and representing the interests of a greater range of ELT professionals. For the benefit of all, take into account multiple criteria when selecting your candidates such as geographical location, ELT sector, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. These people should not just represent you, but rather they should reflect the needs and interests of all of us.
- Look to the future
BRAZ-TESOL is growing. There are an increasing number of members, SIGs and events to be looked after. More than ever, we need to elect candidates who are open to input from the members and support transparency and democratic models of leadership.
Don’t forget that while both the Executive Board and the Advisory Council are there to work for the association only the board have decision-making power. However, who we elect for the Council will potentially influence the culture of the association and the direction it moves in. Make your vote count and remember that together we are stronger.
Got inspired? If you are a Braz – Tesol member in good standing, click here to vote. You need to log in and you will see ‘General elections Braz – Tesol’ on the left. Make sure you check out the videos the candidates made on the Braz – Tesol Facebook Page.