Task Force on Race
The MTA reaffirms its commitment to eliminate discrimination in public education (MTA Resolution F‐31) and “to prevent any encroachment on basic civil and human rights” (MTA Resolution I‐15). In recognition of the growing public concern about racial profiling in our communities and in our schools the MTA will:
- Develop educational materials for MTA members about the impacts of mass incarceration, police violence, and the school‐to‐prison pipeline on students of color; these materials will be published in MTA Today and on the MTA website;
- Provide MTA members with information about resources they can use to engage students, teachers and community members in conversations about racism, including the “Race Reels” program, an after‐school film series designed and successfully implemented at the local level by MTA members;
- Provide staff support for locals that wish to engage their members, students, communities and/or administrations in addressing these issues;
- Provide active vocal support and protection for teachers who raise these issues in their classrooms or with their school administration; and
- Create a working group of members which will be tasked with developing educational materials and social change strategies to help our members, local associations, schools and communities address these issues.
Task Force Materials
- Task Force on Race Report
- New Business Item #12 – Educators Stand Against Racism (Passed at the 2015 MTA Annual Meeting)
- New Business Item #2 – Continue the Work of the Task Force on Race (Passed at MTA Board of Directors Meeting, June 18, 2016)
Task Force Contacts
Co-Chairs: Joel Saxe and Shauna Manning
Staff Consultant: Victor Rosado, firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff Consultant: Eric Bauer, email@example.com
Staff Assistant: Becky Austin, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote by Michelle Alexander, Legal Scholar and Human Rights Advocate, February 10, 2016
- Check Yourself: Why Self-Reflecting on Privilege Matters by Rebecca Alber, Edutopia, Consulting Online Editor, December 21, 2015
- In Schools, Can Separate be Equal?, Boston Globe, October 8, 2015
- Have We Already Entered the ‘Post-White’ Era?, Boston Globe, December 31, 2015
- How A Standoff Over Schools Changed the Country, Boston Globe, December 20, 2015
- Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege by Peggy McIntosh
- Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by Joy DeGruy, Ph.D.
- Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives by Howard Ross
- NEA’s Diversity Toolkit provides an introduction to the multiple facets of diversity.
- EduColor seeks to elevate the voices of public school advocates of color on educational equity and justice.
- Brookline Interactive Group’s Race Reels Film Series provides a common experience and jumping-off point for conversations about race.
MTA Events, Workshops & Conferences
- MTA’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee Conference offers participants the chance to discuss some of the most pressing issues in education today — along with workshops to build skills and the opportunity to broaden professional networks.
- MTA’s Summer Conference offers a full schedule of professional development opportunities, leadership and organizing trainings, and social and recreational activities.