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CEA’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission has undertaken an “Ethnic Minority Member Voluntary Self-Identification” Campaign.
What is Bylaw 3-1g?
3-1(g). It is a bylaw of the National Education Association that seeks to achieve ethnic-minority delegate representation at least equal to the proportion of identified ethnic-minority populations within the state. Prior to December 1 of each fiscal year, each state affiliate shall submit to the NEA Executive Committee for its approval a legally permissible plan which is designed to achieve a total state and local delegation to the Representative Assembly held that fiscal year which reflects these ethnic-minority proportions.
If a state affiliate fails to submit such a plan, the NEA Executive Committee fails to approve a plan which is submitted, or a state affiliate fails to comply with an approved plan, the Representative Assembly may deny to the delegates from the state affiliate any right to participate in the NEA Representative Assembly at the Annual Meeting other than to (I) participate in elections for Association officers and (ii) vote on increases in Association membership dues.
Local affiliates shall comply with the approved plan of the state affiliate, and if a local affiliate fails to do so, the right of its delegates to participate in the NEA Representative Assembly at the Annual Meeting may be limited as indicated above. The failure of a state or local affiliate to comply with the provisions of this Bylaw shall in addition be grounds for censure, suspension, or expulsion pursuant to Bylaw 6-5.
It is the Association’s policy to achieve ethnic-minority delegate representation equal to the proportion of identified ethnic-minority populations within the state.
Proportional representation is a goal, not a mandate. Compliance with Bylaw 3-1(g) is not based upon whether a state has met its numerical goal-proportional goal.
Compliance is defined by the requirement to have all states:
- submit a plan to achieve numerical goals,
- have the plan approved,
- implement (or comply with) the plan.
The Goal of the Bylaw
Bylaw 3-1(g) is not a mandate to fill quotas. It functions as an encouragement for states and locals to make their best effort to reach out to ethnic-minorities and bring them to the leadership table.
The goal is two-fold:
- to have cohesive diversity plans and efforts that reach throughout all levels of Association work
- to have leadership throughout the Association that reflects the plurality of the students and education employees we serve and make decisions about every day.
Bylaw 3-1(g) is one of several means to achieve diversity and ultimately to achieve those things affected by a lack of diversity such as closing achievement gaps, having a teaching population that is as diverse as the student population, and having culturally competent leadership that speaks for all.
The NEA 3-1(g) Bylaw and CEA
The Connecticut Education Association is committed to the achievement of the goal outlined by NEA Bylaw 3-1(g). The Bylaw is one of several ways the National Education Association encourages its affiliates to involve ethnic minority members at the state and local level. CEA’s delegation to the National Representative Assembly shall include ethnic-minority delegates in numbers commensurate with the population of the state as determined by the most recent U.S. Census (2010). The NEA Bylaw 3-1(g) is not a mandate to fill quotas, but a policy to encourage state and local associations to make their best efforts to reach out to ethnic minorities and involve them in the many leadership pathways of the Association.
Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission at CEA: Importance of Self-Identification
Even though CEA strives to achieve its 3-1(g) numerical goal each year, CEA’s leaders, staff, and members continue to work hard each year designing and revising plans for ethnic minority involvement at the state and national level. The Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission (EMAC) at CEA is here to help and support all association members, including educators who are new to the profession. EMAC’s purpose is to advise the CEA Board of Directors and to advocate for ethnic minority constituents within the association. Therefore, self-identification of all CEA members is extremely important. New and current members are asked to indicate their ethnicity on their CEA membership form. Members may check with their local membership chair if changes on self-identification have to be made. The self-identification data helps CEA and EMAC in several ways:
- it provides information that assists us in planning for training in leadership and professional development
- it helps us in our plan to ensure that our democratic organization is diverse at every level and in every possible way
- it helps us reach out to our ethnic minority members who may be willing to serve on committees or seek election as delegates to the CEA Representative Assembly or the NEA Representative Assembly.
J. Obtain for Members the Benefits of an Independent, United Education Profession
J.1. Active Member Participation
The Connecticut Education Association believes that the united effort of a professional organization promotes the interests of its members and advances a strong, healthy educational environment. The Association also believes that all members should be afforded the opportunity to have input into and to actively participate in Association programs and activities at the national, state and local levels. The opportunity to participate in the Association must be afforded to every member without fear, intimidation, or retribution. (84, 85, 03, 04)
J-2. Minority Participation in the Association
The Connecticut Education Association encourages ethnic minority involvement at all levels of the Association. The Association believes that its local affiliates should promote the training and participation of its ethnic minority members.
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