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Application for Student Representatives to Serve on NEA Committees




Description of NEA Standing Committees*

Advisory Committee of Student Members

The Advisory Committee of Student Members is responsible for actively promoting student membership on college campuses and recommending strategies to increase student membership and engagement while creating a seamless path from student membership to active membership. The Committee is also responsible for leading on development and execution of a community service project at the NEA RA, and assisting in the planning and delivery of the Student Leadership and Professional Development Conference.

Women’s Issues Committee

The Committee on Women’s Issues (WIC) is responsible for reviewing NEA’s efforts to address issues of concern to women and girls as they impact students, educators/members, and the strategic goals of the Association; providing input to the national Joint Conference on Concerns of Women and Minorities Planning Committee; and reviewing testimonies from WIC hearings and develop recommendations that are aligned with NEA’s two strategic goals.

Sexual Orientation/Gender Identification Committee

The Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) is responsible for reviewing NEA’s efforts to address LGBTQ issues as they impact students, educators/members, and the strategic goals of the Association; providing input to the national Joint Conference on Concerns of Women and Minorities Planning Committee; and reviewing testimonies from SOGI hearings and develop recommendations that are aligned with NEA’s two strategic goals.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How Often Do the Committees Meet?

Dates vary. Most committees meet only once or twice a year (fall and winter/spring). However, the Advisory Committee of Student Members meets twice a year, attends Student Leadership Conference, plus numerous conference calls and sub-committee assignments.

Where Do the Committees Meet?

Most committees meet in Washington, DC, typically on a weekend in the fall and the second meeting would be conducted as a webcast online.

Will I Need to Pay for Travel?

NEA will pay for travel and housing expenses. In most cases, these costs will be directly billed to the NEA.

For How Long is the Appointment?

One school year, beginning in the fall and concluding in the spring for most committees. Others conclude in the summer. You must re-apply each year if appointed.

What If I Am Student Teaching During the Year?

It is very difficult to serve on a committee while you are student teaching. It is important that student representatives are available for all committee meetings.

What If I Graduation in December?

If you graduate and begin working under an employment contract with a public school system at any point during the year, you are no longer eligible for student membership and you would need to resign your position on the committee.

Additional Questions?
NEA Student Program
Phone: (202) 822-7176
Fax: (202) 822-7624

 * as described in the 2009 NEA Handbook, pages 35-38.


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