Teacher Caseen Gaines, the 2nd Vice President of the Hackensack Education Association, receives the Dr. Judith Owens Spirit Award. From left: NJEA MLR Committee Chair Tiffanie ThrBak, Gaines and Dr. Judith Owens.
At the NJEA Equity Alliance Conference on Jan. 13-14, NJEA provided opportunities for reflection and learning around social justice. The two-day event included a vibrant opening session led by the NJEA Minority Leadership and Recruitment Committee and a series of engaging workshops.
Six NJEA committees comprise the NJEA Equity Alliance: Human and Civil Rights, Minority Leadership and Recruitment, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Urban Education, Women in Education, and Exceptional Children.
Following the conference, five members and a community organization were honored at the NJEA Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Celebration for their commitment to social justice and equity: Caseen Gaines, Steven Koumoulis, Lori Lalama, Dr. Eva Lyle-Smith, Talena Queen and the Passaic Optimist Foundation.