Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee


The Massachusetts Teachers Association believes that the diversity of our society enhances the lives of all individuals. The similarities and differences among people in regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical ability, size, occupation and marital, parental or economic status form the fabric of our society.

Excerpt from MTA Resolution on Diversity

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About the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee

Mission Statement

The Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee exists to advise the MTA Board of Directors as to the status, concerns, and affairs of ethnic and minority groups on a local, state, and national level. EMAC advocates for the identification, development, and empowerment of MTAs’ American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, and other racial or ethnic minority (includes Cape Verdean) members.


The Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee exists to advise the MTA Board of Directors, and to advocate for ethnic minority constituents within the Association. Specifically EMAC will monitor the implementation of the MTA’s Ethnic minority Involvement Plan.

Minority Involvement Plan

A Message to Ethnic Minority Members from MTA President Max Page and Vice President Deb McCarthy

The MTA’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee is here to help and support all association members, including educators who are new to the profession. EMAC’s purpose is to advise the MTA Board of Directors and to advocate for ethnic minority constituents within the association. Self-identification is key, and it is important that you indicate your ethnicity on your MTA membership form.

This message has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish.

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Committee Members
  • Chair: Candace Shivers, Massachusetts Community College Council
  • Heba Abu, Cambridge Education Association
  • Naomi Akan, Canton Teachers Association
  • Jennipher Burgess, Lexington Education Association
  • Asha Chana, Revere Teachers Association
  • Claudia Fox Tree, Lincoln Teachers Association
  • Joe Herosy, MTA Retired
  • Lisa Hua, Palmer Teachers Association
  • Tammy Johnson, Equal Opportunity Council EOC chair (ex-officio), Education Association of Plymouth and Carver
  • Marisha Rivas, Braintree Education Association
  • Rosa Lopez-Whitehill, Member Ex Officio, At-Large Ethnic Minority Director
  • MTA Staff Assistant: Jenine Humber,
  • MTA Staff Consultant: Jennifer DeBarros,

Members Ex Officio

Max Page, MTA President
Deb McCarthy, MTA Vice President

Get involved

“ If you aren't in the room, you don't have a voice. Be in the room.”

Former EMAC Chair Susan Baker