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.

Racial and Social Justice Committee

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!

Application period is open through June 10, 2024 for the NEARI Racial & Social Justice Grant

Bring the King legacy alive in your classroom!

The King Center classroom resources are designed to help educators teach about Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, nonviolence, and the civil rights movement. From bite-sized educational videos to interactive lesson plans, The King Center resources support social-emotional learning; character-building; diversity, equity, and inclusion learning objectives; and, social justice learning objectives.

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School-Based Mental Health Training

Address the complex needs of students experiencing adoption, foster care, or kinship care and support the well-being of K-12 students!

Free, web-based, interactive training for your school and school district from National Adoption Comptency Mental Health Training Initiative.

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Virtual Book Club Supporting Disability Rights and Inclusion

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.


Over the course of the 2023-2024 school year, NEA will host three virtual book clubs on the following books. Note: Registration for the virtual book clubs is only available to active NEA members.
*As of October 12, all slots were filled. Please check back on the NEA site in a few months for the next installment.

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Supporting our LGBTQ+ Students

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.

Share the NEA guidance with your colleagues and community, so we can all work together in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

Access the NEA Toolkit

I'm Here Safe Space Badges

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.

Climate Justice

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.

Black Lives Matter @ School

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.


Supporting Trans* Students