T he MTA Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a conference
bearing the theme: “Standing on a Great
The conference is scheduled for
Dec. 5 and 6 at the Four Points by
Sheraton Hotel in Norwood.
Several of MTA’s earliest minority
activists will be on hand to tell their
stories about becoming involved with
the Minority Affairs Committee — as
EMAC was initially known — and
how it changed the association and
This year’s special conference
honoree is Louise Gaskins, who
was instrumental in writing MTA’s
Minority Involvement Plan.
Over the years, Gaskins became
a leading spokeswoman for minority
affairs at the MTA, and she is still
active today. At the 2014 Annual
Meeting of Delegates, Gaskins — along
with former MTA Presidents Kathleen
Roberts and Mary Gilmore — was
honored as a Friend of Education for
her decades of service.
EMAC Chair Christine Boseman
stressed that all MTA members are
invited to the upcoming conference.
Those attending the Just for New
Teachers conference — which is taking
place at the same hotel on Dec. 5 —
have been issued a special welcome.
“We believe this year’s EMAC
conference will offer the grounding
that educators need in order to
approach social issues in the 21st
century,” Boseman said.
She stressed the importance of
bringing together new educators and
those who have been active in the
MTA for decades.
“When we join to talk about race
and discuss the forces that have formed
our society, we build a bridge that
helps educators deal with issues that
are still very much at the forefront,”
she said. “This is why we chose to
hold both conferences in the same
hotel, one right after the other.”
On Friday, all MTA members
are invited to attend a late-afternoon
“bridge” workshop that will begin
just after the Just for New Teachers
conference concludes. The discussion,
titled “The Skin that We Speak:
Exploring Culture and Language in the
Classroom and Beyond,” will be led by
Beau Stubblefield-Tave of the Center
for Cultural Fluency.
The discussion will be followed
by registration for the EMAC
conference and a social hour with hors
At the dinner on Friday, former
MTA President Anne Wass will offer
the keynote address. Wass is widely
viewed as a champion of students,
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