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ethnic minority affairs committee

EMAC Forums

The MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee invites all MTA members to participate in free forums during March and April to discuss, “What It Means to Decolonize the Curriculum.”

This is a great opportuniity to exchange ideas and formulate next steps with fellow MTA members — and earn professional development points. Participants may earn up to 2.5 hours toward PDPs. All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.

The forums will center around these topics:

  • What does a colonized curriculum and/or structure look like? (Create a working definition of colonized curriculum/structure.)
  • How has colonized curriculum shaped your education/work environment?
  • How would your education/work environment have been changed if you had been taught a decolonized curriculum?
  • Is decolonizing necessary?
  • Decolonizing vs. diversifying: Is there a difference?
  • Do you see your district/employer being supportive about decolonizing curriculum? If not, how can we get them on board? What are the barriers?
  • As educators, what steps can we take to decolonize curriculum?

Forum Dates and Locations

Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Reading Memorial High School, 62 Oakland Road, Reading, MA 01867

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm Education Association of Worcester, 397 Grove Street, Suite #1, Worcester, MA 01605

Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Education Association of Worcester, 397 Grove Street, Suite #1, Worcester, MA 01605

Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm MTA Quincy Headquarters, 2 Heritage Drive, 8th Floor, Quincy, MA 02171

Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Pittsfield High School, 300 East Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm Springfield Education Association, 1000 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA

Register


EMAC Conferences

2018

The MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee Conference offers participants the opportunity to engage in discussions about white privilege and racism, ethnic and racial identity, and economic and social justice. The conference uses workshops, presentations and entertainment to inspire participants to work on ideas for action and to bring those ideas back to their locals, classrooms and communities. The MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee has designed an engaging program with workshops, facilitated discussions, two keynote speakers, and entertainment! The theme of this year's conference is Wake Up! Break the Cycle of Racism.

2017

MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Conference 2017
Building relationships of trust, breaking through fear in order to bring about change and actively resisting attempts to turn back the clock on immigrants’ rights were themes that ran through the 2017 EMAC Conference. The two-day event, titled “Getting Real About Race,” was held Dec. 1 and 2 in Framingham. It featured speeches, discussion and workshops on helping students and their families cope during a time of open racism and hostility toward ethnic minorities and other groups. Read more about the 2017 conference here.

2016

MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Conference 2016
Discussions about standing together against bigotry, understanding racism as a system designed to divide and control, and engaging in “difficult conversations” highlighted the 2016 conference held on Dec 2 and 3 in Framingham. Coming on the heels of a presidential campaign that tapped into a troubling strain of racism and bigotry in America, EMAC Chair Yan Yii opened the event by reminding participants that “given the current political climate, our mission is more important now than ever.”

Read more and see photos from the 2016 conference whose theme was “Race, Ethnicity and Public Education: Deepening the Conversation.

2015

MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Conference 2015
Stories of wisdom acquired through struggle highlighted the 2015 MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee Conference. Keynote speakers Jitu Brown, a Dyett High School hunger striker from Chicago who is the national director of the Journey for Justice Alliance, and Clayola Brown, a former textile industry organizer who is president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute — emphasized the need to organize, build coalitions and focus on the big picture. Click here to read more and here to see photos from the conference.

2014

MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Conference 2014
EMAC celebrated its 35th anniversary on December 5 and 6. Association members gathered for a special conference featuring warm memories of the past and a message about the need to keep EMAC’s spirit of involvement alive. The theme, “Standing on a Great Foundation,” was reflected in the stories of members who recounted how EMAC grew over the years to become the driving force for ethnic minority participation and advancement within the MTA. Click here for coverage of the event and here for photos.

2013

MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Conference 2013
Participants at the 2013 conference heard from ethnic minorities who faced and surmounted roadblocks to became leaders. Click here for coverage of the two-day event held on Dec. 6 and 7. Photos are available on Flickr.

2012

MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Conference 2012
“Celebrating Our Diverse Cultural Backgrounds" was the theme of the MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee’s 2012 conference, held on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. View photos on Flickr or check out the wrap up on Storify.