Applications open for the Human and Civil Rights Framework


As equity-minded education trade unionists, we stand on the shoulders of giants. By following in their footsteps, we become stronger through the knowledge we gain and the training we receive.

The NJEA, whose roots have been cultivated by the NEA for many years, launches its new Human and Civil Rights (HCR) Framework. Formerly known as the Equity Alliance Cadre or Minority Leadership Training Cadre, a long line of executive trainers has, over time, laid the foundation for this most recent incarnation of the framework.

The NJEA Office of Human and Civil Rights, Equity and Governance is now accepting applications from NJEA members who have demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing the association’s movement for racial, social and economic. The application deadline is May 31, 2022 at 5 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time). All applicants will be notified of the selections by June 15, 2022.

Selected candidates will undertake a learning and leadership journey to hone their skills as highly skilled facilitators. The trip will allow those in the UNHCR cadre to conduct UNHCR trainings with local and county association members across the state.

All applicants who choose to apply must:

  1. Select a specialized path (see below).
  2. Prepare and submit an application.
  3. Confirm their availability for mandatory retirement.

Candidates must choose one of the following specialty paths:

Healers – Those who choose this path will embark on a three-year commitment to be trained in Restorative Justice Practices (RJP) with the ambitious goal of helping local and county affiliates establish RJP in their respective schools and communities.

Organizers – Those who choose this path will be trained in “Understanding Power” by Eric Liu, “Mapping My Role in the Social Change Ecosystem” by Deepa Iyer and the “Member Action Playbook (MAP)” created by our REAL Team Six Equity Organizers .

Practitioners – Those who choose this path will be trained and help co-create professional learning experiences that utilize Dr. Tara Yosso’s Community Cultural Wealth (CCW) framework, which aims to eliminate implicit biases and plant the seeds of asset-based thinking.

elected leaders – Those who choose this path will be trained in the organizational structure of our union and the history of ethnic minority leadership in our union. Additionally, we will sharpen participants’ skills in equity policy analysis and platform development.

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If you have any questions, email Gabriel A. Tanglao at [email protected]


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