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Diversity

NEA views the diversity that exists among our members, staff, students, and communities as a great asset for public education.
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Winter Allen-Marshall, 2019 Social Justice Activist of the Year, calls on educators to "recognize students who are most in need, ensure they are heard, and work to ensure their full inclusion as members of our community."

Students thrive when they learn in diverse and inclusive environments. NEA works to maximize diversity through the National Diversity Training Program. Our trainings cover: 

  • Understanding Diversity: Take part in an interactive process that helps you better understand the language and imagery of diversity in light of America’s changing demographics and the importance of diversity to NEA’s history and philosophy. 
  • Reacting to Differences: The treatment we extend to others is rooted in perceptions, values, and beliefs about them and their entitlements, resulting in the emergence of privileged and oppressed groups, or in this workshop exercise, the creation of “insiders” and “outsiders.” 
  • Diversity Curriculum for Education Support Professionals: Take part in a workshop session especially tailored to be relevant to the everyday experiences of a broad range of education support professionals. 
  • Developing Cultural Identity: Take part in interactive exercises that reveal the nature of the socialization process. Examine models that reveal how we learn about our own culture and the cultures of others
  • Valuing Diversity: Explore how individuals and organizations can gain “diversity competence” as we move along a continuum toward fully accepting a diverse society. Individuals also take part in a “hot buttons” activity to help identify stereotypical or subtle statements and behaviors that make them angry or annoyed.

Social justice concepts and diversity training give us a common language that allows us to self-reflect and improves our practice and lead others. –Dr. Susan Myers, Atchison Public Schools

Learn more and request a training.

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Lead with confidence.

Our students need advocates ready and able to disrupt all forms of oppression in our schools and beyond. Our free, research-based, educator-driven trainings help you get there.
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.