Educating and Attaining Equity
Racial & Social Justice
Every child, no matter their zip code, race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, or nationality, should feel safe at school. We want to remove barriers to public education. Work with us.
Our purpose is to educate ourselves and our members about the many issues around inequalities and inequities in our world today.
Once we begin the journey of learning, we can begin to find solutions to these inequities, both in ourselves and our own lives, and in the lives of those around us.
For more information or to get involved, contact Alex Lucini.
The Racial & Social Justice Committee meets every last Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm at NEARI HQ. Join us!
**Both the PD and RSJC committees are working together on an event to be held on Saturday Feb 3, 2024. Due to this collaboration, the next RSJC meeting will not be held on Oct 25, but will instead be combining with the PD committee on Tuesday Oct 24, from 4:30-5:30.**
Free, web-based, interactive training for your school and school district from National Adoption Comptency Mental Health Training Initiative.
As part of NEA’s Disability Rights and Inclusion Work (DRI), NEA is facilitating member-led virtual book clubs to engage members in a DRI journey, raising awareness about the perspectives of people with disabilities and building understanding of the environmental, social, and attitudinal barriers that encumber true inclusivity and accessibility.
All students deserve a safe and nurturing environment in which to learn and thrive.
NEA offers educators LGBTQ+ information, tools, and resources they need to support transgender and non-binary students, to be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ history in their classrooms, and to stop LGBTQ+ bias and intolerance in our public schools.
Identify yourself as a safe and supportive person for students and colleagues to discuss LGBTQ+ issues with the "I'm Here" badge. The badge can be attached to your lanyard and the back has a QR Code with links to online resources. Offered in partnership with the NEA LGBTQ+ Caucus, NEARI has a limited number of these badges. Contact Stephanie Mandeville for more information.
As a union of educators, we know that our students are at the vanguard of the climate change and environmental justice movement. Public school systems are usually the largest employers in their communities and have a crucial role to play in addressing the climate crisis.
With this in mind, the NEA, AFT, and the Aspen Institute have partnered on an Educator Climate Advocacy Toolkit. It highlights tools and strategies for educators in advocating for action toward climate and environmental justice. You can access the resource here.
NEA is committed to working with educators towards eradicating racist systems that keep students from attaining the best public education possible. The following resources can help promote deeper understanding around the issues of racism and violence with colleagues, students, and families.
Pledge to demand supportive schools where all LGBTQ+ people are free to be their authentic selves.