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The initial work to found the National Association of Equine Affiliated Academics (NAEAA) occurred in 2006 as a component of a research project into views surrounding legitimacy of newer kinds of undergraduate academic disciplines (Bump, 2006, 2009). 

Among the tools for building and sustaining legitimacy was the importance of an organizational structure that binds together those that work within a discipline and encourages networking, collaboration, and the building of a body of knowledge surrounding the discipline.

Recognizing the absence of an organizational structure in the undergraduate equine discipline, conversations began to determine the need for, and interest in, creating structure. 

Finding overwhelming support, NAEAA was incorporated in 2007 (NY) as a not-for-profit with a volunteer Board of Directors and organizers.

Our core belief is that there is educational and societal value in the equine discipline of study. A commitment to high impact, low cost meetings and research projects resonates through our work which aims to:

1) explain, promote, and defend the value of educational offering with equines;

2) develop stronger links with direct and indirect industries for career opportunities, emerging needs, and stakeholder support; and

3) understand and address barriers to both 1 and 2.


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