Ethnically Diverse Educators’ Commission

The Ethnically Diverse Educators’ Commission, a standing Commission of the Connecticut Education Association, believes the Connecticut Education Association and its local affiliates are enhanced by diverse membership. The Ethnically Diverse Educators’ Commission (EDEC) promotes awareness of ethnic minority issues and encourages the development of organizational strategies to address those issues. EDEC supports the recruitment and retention of ethnic minority educators and promotes ethnic minority involvement at all levels of the organization.

EDEC builds internal capacity through various training sessions: education reform, parent/community involvement, closing the achievement gap and, recruiting/retaining ethnic minority teachers.

EDEC continues the implementation of the Ethnic Minority Initiative which focuses on increasing minority representation at the NEA and CEA Representative Assemblies, by, establishing and supporting projects in (Local) Ethnic Minority Affairs Committees. We recognized the aforementioned locals at the Human and Civil Rights Awards Banquet. EDEC hosted Unconscious Bias workshops in various locations throughout the state and assisted CEA in the statewide Education Reforums. EDEC representatives attended state and national conferences: The Hispanic Issues Conference, The Black Issues Conference, The Ethnic Leaders Meeting (NEA-RA), Women and Minority Issues Conference, CEA Summer Leadership Conference, Minority Leadership Training, CEA-RA and NEA-RA.

EDEC sponsored fundraisers supporting the Connecticut Education Foundation scholarship funds. EDEC screened applications for selection of the Minority Scholarship recipients. EDEC continues to participate in CREC’s and ACES’ Minority Teacher Recruitment Action Programs. We continued to improve communication through making the “Ethnic Minority Member Voluntary Self-Identification Form” available to CEA members, compiling an accurate CEA Ethnic Minority Directory, and maintaining a listserv for ethnic minority members of CEA. We continued to improve communication through the CEA-EDEC Website link as one of the CEA Commissions. Our EDEC representatives attended County Council Meetings to inform locals of the commission’s work.

The Ethnically Diverse Educators’ Commission believes that our Association is enhanced by the diversity of its members. EDEC promotes awareness of ethnic minority issues and encourages the development of organizational strategies to address them. EDEC supports the recruitment and retention of ethnic minority educators. EDEC promotes ethnic minority involvement at all levels of our organization.

EDEC meets regularly (no more than once a month) during each school year. Meetings follow an open forum that allows for discussion of issues relevant to the Connecticut Education Association, minorities and the classroom. We meet at CEA headquarters in Hartford.

  • Mentors new minority teachers into Association work and provides a voice, advocacy, and support for them
  • Provides a forum for learning about and discussing issues that affect our minority students and teacher members
  • Provides training to the membership of the Connecticut Education Association
  • Publishes information about issues and events
  • Raises money for scholarship funds

The Ethnically Diverse Educators’ Commissionn seeks to foster open and ongoing discussion on the most important matters that affect minority educators and minority students in the USA. Some of these issues are: Diversity in Schools, Achievement Gap, English Language Learners, Dropout Crisis Among Ethnic-Minorities, Effects of Poverty in Education.

We invite you to work with us by contributing your thoughts and ideas about the many issues affecting minorities 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 EDEC officers are:

Anthony Thompson Chair

Commission Liaisons
Mia Dimbo Board Liaison/Ethnic Minority Director
Orlando Rodriquez CEA Staff Liaison

CEA’s Ethnically Diverse Educators’ Commission has undertaken an “Ethnic Minority Member Voluntary Self-Identification” Campaign.

CEA’s Strategic Objective #2 is stated as follows: “Strengthen member and affiliate relations within the CEA”. Strategy 2.10 further states: “Establish and implement a plan that will ensure minority representation on all state-level Committee and Commissions”.

1) If you are a member of CEA and a member of one of the ethnic minority groups identified by the U.S. Census Bureau (American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, or Hispanic), please complete and submit this “ethnic minority self-identification” form.

2) If you are a member of CEA and not a member of one of the ethnic minority groups identified by the U.S. Census Bureau, please share this URL to a CEA member who is an ethnic minority and urge that person to complete and submit this form.

3) Feel free to distribute this URL on to as many CEA members who are ethnic minority group members as possible, urging them to complete and submit the form.

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

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