Charleston Site for Leadership Conference Raises Important Issues The Steering Committee, in concert with the ASHA Conventions and Meetings group, strives to select sites for our meetings that are accessible, flexible in terms of providing alternative lodging options beyond the conference site, and appealing to visitors. Our group also has particular requirements that are not easily met ... SIG News
SIG News  |   April 01, 2000
Charleston Site for Leadership Conference Raises Important Issues
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  • Nan Bernstein RatnerDivision 4 Coordinator
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Fluency Disorders / SIG News
SIG News   |   April 01, 2000
Charleston Site for Leadership Conference Raises Important Issues
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, April 2000, Vol. 10, 5. doi:10.1044/ffd10.1.5-a
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, April 2000, Vol. 10, 5. doi:10.1044/ffd10.1.5-a
The Steering Committee, in concert with the ASHA Conventions and Meetings group, strives to select sites for our meetings that are accessible, flexible in terms of providing alternative lodging options beyond the conference site, and appealing to visitors. Our group also has particular requirements that are not easily met by many convention hotels because of our traditional use of numerous small breakout and discussion meetings during the Leadership Conference. With these goals in mind, the division selected Charleston, South Carolina and the Francis Marion Hotel to host the 2000 Leadership Conference.
The Steering Committee was aware at the time that state policy over the display of the Confederate flag might offend some division affiliates, but felt that the problem would be resolved positively by the time of the conference. Unfortunately, the issue appears to have escalated without any clear resolution in sight. With this in mind, the Steering Committee investigated the potential for moving the meeting. Unfortunately, because of logistical constraints and the penalty imposed by canceling the meeting, we had no choice but to proceed with our plans to meet in Charleston. However, the Steering Committee is writing a strong letter of condemnation to the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, suggesting that the display of the Confederate flag is offensive to large numbers of Americans.
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