NJEA hosts its first Members of Color
Empowerment Conference

NJEA held its first Members of Color Empowerment Conference on Sept. 16-17 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, and by all accounts it was a huge success. The member-planned event featured workshops, speakers and social events. Twelve NJEA members spent over five months working with NJEA staff to plan the conference. 

In the words of NJEA Organizing Specialist Eric Jones, “It was not a conference where we hoped people of color would attend—it was designed for people of color to attend, feel at home, and become empowered. There is a difference in being invited versus being welcomed—and we are just getting started.” 

Additional photos from the conference can be found at here.

From left: Tamar LaSure-Owens, Pleasantville; Dr. Karoline Bethea-Jones, Bergen County Vocational; Adrienne Capritti, Robbinsville.
NJREA member and former East Orange Education Association President Jacqui Greadington is honored for her lifetime dedication to opening NJEA’s doors to all members, including members of color.
Tiffany Reid Anglin of Union Township listens to a discussion on intersectionality.