Education Minnesota is hosting its first-ever EMAC Summit—a conference for educators of color—over MEA weekend, Oct. 20-21.
The conference planning is being led by Education Minnesota’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee and BIPOC members. It will be held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center of Brooklyn Park.
The event will begin Thursday, Oct. 20 at 6:15 p.m. with check-in, followed by time for informal connecting.
“We want to bring BIPOC members, isolated around the state, together to see and talk to each other,” said Education Minnesota Racial Equity Organizer Londel French.
Friday’s event will include a variety of breakout sessions, as well as a keynote session and healing circle in the morning. Friday morning will also feature a session on why the union and political work is important for educators.
Breakout session topics include community organizing, member rights, running for office, a legislative panel, local union governance, grant writing and leadership for education support professionals.
The conference is free for Education Minnesota members. There is a limited number of hotel rooms available. They will be offered on a first come, first served basis, with priority given to those commuting the greatest distances.
Register by Oct. 14 at edmn.me/emacsummit.
Thursday, Oct. 20: Check-in, 6:15-7 p.m.; Connection time, 7-10 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 21: Check-in, 6-7:30 a.m. | Healing Circle 7:30-8:25 a.m. | Opening Session, 8:30-9:25 a.m. | Political Education, 9:30-10:20 a.m. | First breakout sessions, 10:35-11:25 a.m. | Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m. | Legislative Panel, 12:30-1:20 p.m. | Second breakout sessions, 1:35-2:25 p.m. | Closing Session 2:30-3:30 p.m – (Schedule subject to change)
- Where: Earle Brown Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center
- Admission: Free for Education Minnesota members of color
- Registration: edmn.me/emacsummit