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Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (EMAC)

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The 2016 UEA House of Delegates meeting marked a milestone for the UEA. Delegates that year voted to elevate the Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee to the status of Standing Committee, one of only five such UEA committees. Some stated goals of the Committee are to increase ethnic minority representation in the Association, to educate school districts in the hiring of a diverse workforce, to promote inclusive civil rights programs for students and members, and to advocate ethnic minority viewpoints, concerns and issues to the UEA Board of Directors.

Committee Goals

  • Increase ethnic minority representation in all levels of the Association;
  • Assist ethnic minority members to be elected to positions of Association leadership so they can experience the NEA RA, help the Association meet the NEA Bylaw 3-1(g) goal, advocate for and train potential ethnic minority leaders and increase active involvement of ethnic minority members;
  • Educate school districts in the hiring of a diverse work force and increase the awareness of diversity in our schools; 
  • Educate our members on inclusion education and other issues affecting students, e.g., school to prison pipeline, immigration reform, institutional racism and privilege using crucial conversation skills, etc.;
  • Promote more inclusive civil rights programs for students and members;
  • Collaborate with the UEA Board of Directors on programs including mentoring programs that recruit, support and retain ethnic minority educators;
  • Advise, recommend and advocate ethnic minority viewpoints, concerns and issues to the UEA Board of Directors; and
  • Maintain, edit and implement the UEA Minority Involvement Plan.

Committee Members

  • Denise Lake, Chair, Ethnic Minority Director on UEA Board of Directors
  • Roger Donohoe, UEA Vice President
  • Connie Ugaki, Alpine
  • Derek Smith, Alpine Alternate
  • Karla Kennedy, Alpine Alternate
  • Vacant, Color Country
  • Eric Grisby, Davis
  • Vacant, Davis Alternate
  • Marsha Curtis, Eastern
  • Eddie Berrest, Granite
  • Tyler Jensen, Granite Alternate
  • Vacant, High Desert
  • Charlotte Lartey, Jordan
  • Mandy Gordon, Northern
  • Brandon Baca, Ogden-Weber
  • Barbera Whitman, Ogden-Weber
  • Susan McFarland, Wasatach 
  • Enrique Arce-Larreta, Wasatch
  • Chelsie Acosta, Wasatch
  • Cheryl Cofie, Woodland Peaks
  • Jenny Okerlund, UEA Staff Liaison