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Social and Racial Justice

Supporting Racial Justice for All Students in Utah
We are joining together across race and place to ensure every student has the opportunities they need to succeed.

How to use this toolkit

  • Take action to advocate for racial justice by joining UEA's EMAC.
  • Find out your rights in the classroom when teaching a full picture of our nation's history.
  • Learn how racial bias in things like school resourcing and discipline impacts students of color.
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Social and Racial Justice

UEA strives to create an educational landscape where everyone experiences equitable opportunities and outcomes regardless of their background.

Most of us believe that every child, no matter what they look like or where they come from, deserves a safe, just, and welcoming school where they can thrive.

But certain politicians try to divide us by sending police to monitor and punish Black and Brown students in schools that have been denied funding even to cover the basics while ensuring well-resourced schools with mostly white students have enrichment activities, teacher training, and parent engagement.  

By joining together across race and place, we can rewrite the rules to ensure every student—whether Black, Brown, or White—has up-to-date learning materials that give a complete picture of our nation’s history, the support of educators who are prepared to foster dialogue on racial justice and its impact on students and communities and a well-resourced school environment.

Human and Civil Rights

In 1995, the Utah Education Association’s Human and Civil Rights (HCR) Program emerged from the Minority Affairs Committee. The UEA HCR Program actively pursues the following objectives:

  1. Propel a more inclusive human and civil rights program for our members.
  2. Ensure representation of ethnic minorities across all aspects of the organization.
  3. Heighten awareness of diversity in all its dimensions within our schools and among our members.

For inquiries or concerns regarding the UEA Human and Civil Rights Program, contact [email protected].

UEA Stands for Justice

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Land Acknowledgement Guide

Land acknowledgments are a reminder that every major city, town, and municipality benefits from the dispossession of Indigenous land and people.
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UEA Racial Justice Statement

UEA Board of Directors statement on Racial Justice June 2020.
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Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee

EMAC champions justice by advising the UEA Board on the diverse perspectives, concerns, and issues of our BIPOC community, paving the way for a more inclusive and impactful future.
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Teaching the Truth in Utah

UEA is here to empower educators in their classrooms during uncertain times.
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Know Your Rights Utah

What educators should know about the new Utah Rule on instructing students about our country's history.
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My experience in UEA has helped me to truly believe that the arc of the moral universe bends toward truth, justice and freedom.
Quote by: Jeremy Reynoso, Teacher, Meadowlark Elementary

Use Your Educator Voice.

We are THE voice for educators in Utah. See what membership can mean for you!
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Stand Up for Students!

UEA has a number of toolkits to help you understand the issues and defend the civil rights of all students.

Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

With more than 18,000 members across the state, UEA supports equal opportunities for success for ALL Utah students, and respect and support for all educators.