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By Jean Conley
T his year’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee Conference will feature workshops, networking opportunities and talks by the
mayor of Fitchburg and an inclusion specialist
— both of whom will address the challenges that
members of minority groups face as they attain
leadership positions and the need to continuously
The event will be held Dec. 6 and 7 at the
Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center.
The conference, which is open to all MTA
educators the perfect
opportunity to build
with and support
others with similar
interests and experiences, and expand professional
EMAC Chair Christine Boseman said she is
eager to hear the speakers describe the roadblocks
they faced on their way to leadership positions. She
added that MTA members also want to learn about
strategies successfully employed by members of
minority groups who work in climates that do not
always welcome diversity.
“People want and need to hear positive feedback
on how to succeed,” she said. “Because diversity is
our target point, we would like to know what they
The conference will kick off on Friday with
registration starting at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and
a keynote speech by Fitchburg Mayor Lisa A. Wong.
Wong, now serving her third term, was first elected
to the post in 2007 at the age of 28.
She is the first minority mayor of Fitchburg
and the first female Asian-American mayor in
Massachusetts. Wong will speak about how her
experiences have shaped her opportunities and
reception with line
dancing and lessons
will follow the meal.
are “Keeping Alive Our Commitment to ‘Justice
for All,’” “Networking: There’s More than One
Way to Do It” and “Family and Community School
Partnerships.” Saturday afternoon workshops are
titled “An Introduction to Facing History and
Ourselves,” “English Language Learner Culture
and Equity” and “Critical Analysis of the Portrayals
of African-Americans in the Movies Django and
The lunchtime speaker on Saturday will be Juan
Nuñez, a recognized expert in diversity management,
employee relations and affirmative action.
The former UMass Boston chief diversity
officer works with organizations as an inclusion
specialist to build welcoming and supportive
workplaces. Nuñez has also been vice president
for diversity and compliance at the Fashion
Institute of Technology and director of regional
compliance for the New York State Department of
An MTA Benefits giveaway will be held during
evening festivities on Friday. Another will follow the
Saturday afternoon session.
For conference registration details and further
information about the MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs
Committee, please visit www.massteacher.org/emac.
MTA ETHNIC MINORITY AFFAIRS
‘People want and need to hear
positive feedback on how to
succeed. Because diversity is
our target point, we would like
to know what they can share.’
— EMAC Chair Christine Boseman
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