Racial & Ethnic Diversity Affairs Commission

About REDAC

The Racial and Ethnic Diversity Affairs Commission, a standing Commission of the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), believes CEA and its local affiliates are enhanced by diverse membership. The Racial and Ethnic Diversity Affairs Commission (REDAC) promotes the elevation of racially and ethnically diverse membership voices through building leadership capacity. In addition, REDAC works to develop an awareness of racially and ethnically diverse issues and encourages the development of organizational strategies to address those issues.

REDAC supports the recruitment and retention of racially and ethnically diverse educators and promotes diverse racial and ethnical involvement at all levels of the organization.

REDAC builds internal capacity through various training sessions: education reform, parent/community involvement, closing the achievement gap and recruiting/retaining racially and ethnically diverse teachers.

REDAC and CEA continue the implementation of the NEA Bylaw 3-1(g) which focuses on increasing racially and ethnically diverse representation at the CEA and NEA Representative Assemblies, by, establishing and supporting projects in (Local) The Racial and Ethnic Diversity Affairs Commission, and hosting Teacher Leaders of Equity forums, webinars and workshops. REDAC representatives attend and promote state and national conferences:

  • The Conference on Racial and Social Justice (NEA-RA)
  • Minority and Women’s Leadership Training Conference
  • CEA Summer Conference
  • Leadership Pathways
  • NEA EMAC Hearing at NEA/RA
  • Membership to the NEA Caucuses
  • CEA-RA
  • NEA-RA

REDAC supports the Connecticut Education Foundation by screening applications for the selection of Racially and Ethnically Diverse Educator Scholarship recipients. REDAC continues to improve communication through making the Self-Identification Form available to CEA members, compiling accurate CEA data on membership demographics. REDAC and CEA continue to improve communication through the CEA-REDAC Website link as one of the CEA Commissions. Our REDAC representatives attended County Forum Meetings to inform locals of the commission’s work.

REDAC meets virtually and at CEA headquarters during each school year. Meetings address REDAC’s charges, NEA Bylaw 3-1(g), and racially and ethnically diverse topics. REDAC meetings follow an open forum that allows for discussion of issues relevant to the Connecticut Education Association, racial and ethnical diversity, and the classroom.

Document Links

REDAC’s Charges

Our Campaign

CEA has undertaken a “Member Voluntary Self-Identification” Campaign to obtain demographic information as accurate as possible to support and meet the needs of its membership.

CEA’s Strategic Objective #2 is stated as follows: “Strengthen member and affiliate relations within CEA”.

  1. If you are a member of CEA and a member of one of the following groups identified by the U.S. Census Bureau (White; Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Multiracial, Other), please complete and submit this “self-identification” form.
  2. If you are a member of CEA, please share this URL to a CEA member and urge that person to complete and submit this form.
  3. Feel free to distribute this URL to as many CEA members as possible, urging them to complete and submit the form.

The CEA REDAC thanks you in advance. (This information is for CEA internal use only and will not be distributed outside the organization)

  • Members work to provide a voice, advocacy, and support for racially and ethnically diverse educators and students.
  • Provides a forum for learning about and discussing issues that affect our racially and ethnically diverse teachers and student members.
  • Provides training to the membership of the Connecticut Education Association.
  • Provides programming related to equity and advocacy.
  • Helps promote awareness of the Racially and Ethnically Diverse Future Teacher Scholarship fund.

The Racial and Ethnic Diversity Affairs Commission seeks to foster open and ongoing discussion on the most important matters that affect racially and ethnically diverse educators and students in the USA.

  • Diversity in School
  • The Opportunity Gap
  • The Achievement Gap
  • English Language Learners
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Trauma Informed Schools

We invite you to work with us by contributing your thoughts and ideas about the many issues affecting the racially and ethnically diverse population in education.

Your Information




The President of the Connecticut Education Association appoints the leaders and the members to each commission from the entire membership of CEA. The commission reports to the President and the Board of Directors for CEA. The current REDAC officers are:

Faith Sweeney, Chair
Sandra Peterkin, Board Liaison Fairfield County
Ashley Beal, Ethnic Minority Director Alternate
Ray Rossomando, CEA Staff Liaison

Your Information










Your School Information




Member Self-Identification Form

Member Self-Identification Form

Your Information










Your School Information




  • Members work to provide a voice, advocacy, and support for racially and ethnically diverse educators and students.
  • Provides a forum for learning about and discussing issues that affect our racially and ethnically diverse teachers and student members.
  • Provides training to the membership of the Connecticut Education Association.
  • Provides programming related to equity and advocacy.
  • Helps promote awareness of the Ethnically Diverse Future Teacher Scholarship fund.

The Racial and Ethnic Diversity Affairs Commission seeks to foster open and ongoing discussion on the most important matters that affect racially and ethnically diverse educators and students in the USA.

  • Diversity in School
  • The Opportunity Gap
  • The Achievement Gap
  • English Language Learner
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Trauma Informed Schools

We invite you to work with us by contributing your thoughts and ideas about the many issues affecting the racially and ethnically diverse population in education.

The President of the Connecticut Education Association appoints the leaders and the members to each commission from the entire membership of CEA. The commission reports to the President and the Board of Directors for CEA. The current REDAC officers are:

Faith Sweeney, Chair
Loretha Felton, Vice-Chair
Julie Alike, Vice Chair
Sandra Peterkin, Board Liaison and Ethnic Minority Director At-Large
Ray Rossomando, CEA Staff Liaison

About REDAC

The Racial and Ethnic Diversity Affairs Commission, a standing Commission of the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), believes CEA and its local affiliates are enhanced by diverse membership. The Racial and Ethnic Diversity Affairs Commission (REDAC) promotes the elevation of racially and ethnically diverse membership voices through building leadership capacity. In addition, REDAC works to develop an awareness of racially and ethnically diverse issues and encourages the development of organizational strategies to address those issues.

REDAC supports the recruitment and retention of racially and ethnically diverse educators and promotes diverse racial and ethnic involvement at all levels of the organization.

REDAC builds internal capacity through various training sessions: education reform, parent/community involvement, closing the achievement gap and recruiting/retaining racially and ethnically diverse teachers.

REDAC and CEA continue the implementation of the NEA Bylaw 3-1(g) which focuses on increasing racially and ethnically diverse representation at the CEA and NEA Representative Assemblies, by, establishing and supporting projects in (Local) The Racial and Ethnic Diversity Affair Committees, and hosting Teacher Leaders of Equity forums, webinars and workshops. REDAC representatives attend and promote state and national conferences:

  • The Conference on Racial and Social Justice (NEA-RA)
  • Minority and Women’s Leadership Training Conference
  • CEA Summer Conference
  • Leadership Pathways
  • NEA EMAC Hearing at NEA/RA
  • Membership to the NEA Caucuses
  • CEA-RA
  • NEA-RA

REDAC supports the Connecticut Education Foundation by screening applications for the selection of Ethnically Diverse Educator Scholarship recipients. REDAC continues to improve communication through making the Self-Identification Form available to CEA members, compiling accurate CEA data on membership demographics. REDAC and CEA continue to improve communication through the CEA-REDAC Website link as one of the CEA Commissions. Our REDAC representatives attended County Forum Meetings to inform locals of the commission’s work.

REDAC meets virtually and at CEA headquarters during each school year. Meetings address REDAC’s charges, NEA Bylaw 3-1(g), and racially and ethnically diverse topics. REDAC meetings follow an open forum that allows for discussion of issues relevant to the Connecticut Education Association, racial and ethnic diversity, and the classroom.

Document Links

REDAC’s Charges
NEA 3-1(g) Bylaw Action Plan
Ways Local Presidents Can Support the 3-1(g) Action Plan

Our Campaign

CEA has undertaken a “Member Voluntary Self-Identification” Campaign to obtain demographic information as accurate as possible to support and meet the needs of its membership.

CEA’s Strategic Objective #2 is stated as follows: “Strengthen member and affiliate relations within CEA”.

  1. If you are a member of CEA and a member of one of the following groups identified by the U.S. Census Bureau (White; Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Multiracial, Other), please complete and submit this “self-identification” form.
  2. If you are a member of CEA, please share this URL to a CEA member and urge that person to complete and submit this form.
  3. Feel free to distribute this URL to as many CEA members as possible, urging them to complete and submit the form.

The CEA REDAC thanks you in advance. (This information is for CEA internal use only and will not be distributed outside the organization)