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Conference on Racial & Social Justice

The Conference on Racial and Social Justice provides a unique space for educators, students, parents and families, organizers, community members and leaders to unite for the advancement of Justice in Education.
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NEA delegates gather for a Human Rights Rally outside the convention center during Day 2 of the 2019 Conference on Racial and Social Justice.

2021 Conference on Racial and Social Justice

Join us June 14-15 at 6pm ET for a festival of inspiration, reflection, and joy at our annual Conference on Racal and Social Justice. Hosted by Rich Medina, and featuring performances from nearly a dozen musicians, artists, and idea makers, this free two-day event will focus on building belonging and organizing for our communities.

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The Conference on Racial and Social Justice is presented by NEA’s Human and Civil Rights Department. The purpose of the conference is to provide a unique space for educators, students, parents and families, organizers, community members and leaders to unite for the advancement of Justice in Education.

Rocio Inclan at podium
Rocío Inclán, Senior Director of NEA's Center for Social Justice, addresses conference attendees. Credit: NEA

The Conference Experience

Four goals of the conference on racial and social justice

Through interactive workshops, sessions, panels and plenaries, attendees have the opportunity to access information, resources, plan, strategize and engage on issues that impact educational opportunities for communities of color, LGBTQ and women. In the process, we:

  • Build local power: We spark dialog about our successes and challenges to inform our own strategies and tactics to grow the movement for education justice.
  • Look to the future: We make space for new ideas and map the road to the long term change we seek for our students, schools, and our communities.
  • Center intersectionality: We uplift the intersections of social justice, identity, and democracy in the movement for education justice.
  • Build community: We create an engaging, fun, and inviting space for new and long standing attendees in community.

Our Principles

In our daily work and through the conference, we fight to bring racial and social justice to all communities.

  • Racial Justice: The systematic fair treatment of people of all races that results in equitable opportunities and outcomes for everyone. 
  • Social Justice: A society in which the distribution of resources is equitable, all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure, and individuals are self-determining and interdependent

Our principles for social justice are:

  • Celebrate/Acknowledge diversity. 
  • Understand mechanisms that perpetuate social oppression. 
  • Address oppression and discrimination head-on. 
  • Take positive actions to eliminate discrimination and social oppression.
Member Gloria Pereyra-Robertson
Through my union, I have been able to do a lot more things, build my network and access more resources. Last summer I was at the Racial and Social Justice Conference. I got to meet the most amazing teachers who are like-minded. It was like I was at the Oscars!
Quote by: Gloria Pereyra-Robertson, Kindergarten teacher, Oregon Education Association
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Join us at the 2021 HCR Awards!

Join us for a night of celebration, history and fun as we honor our 2021 Human and Civil Rights Awardees. Tuesday, June 29th 2021, 8:00 p.m.
National Education Association

Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.