Minority members encouraged to attend NEA-RA

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Minority members encouraged to attend NEA-RA

Voice: September 2018

PSEA met an important goal when 20 percent of the state delegates at the NEA-RA were ethnic minority representatives, meeting a target set by NEA’s 3.1(g) Bylaw.

The 3.1(g) Bylaw encourages states to send delegates to the RA who reflect the percentage of minorities in the general population of each state.

“We are happy that we met our goal of ethnic minority delegates in 2018,” said PSEA Treasurer Jeff Ney, who heads PSEA’s 3.1(g) efforts. “But this is just one step in our overall effort to increase participation of ethnic minority members in all national, state, and local activities.”

There are two ways to serve as a delegate to the NEA-RA, as a state delegate or a local delegate. To serve as a state delegate, members must complete the NEA-RA State Delegate Candidacy Application. Names will be included on the ballot that all PSEA members receive in January. To serve as a local delegate, the member’s local must vote to approve this status. The process for this varies from local to local; however, obtaining local delegate status makes members eligible for the Minority Affairs Committee’s annual NEA-RA scholarship.

Scholarship information will be available in October through the Minority Affairs Committee. Information on the 3.1(g) plan is available at www.psea.org/minorityinvolvement.