CTA Award Recipients Help Lead Fight for Equity and Human Rights
During the 2013 Equity and Human Rights conference March 1-3, 400 CTA members honored the efforts of their colleagues to fight discrimination and to champion respect for individual differences.
Twelve members received CTA’s 2013 Human Rights Awards honoring them for their outstanding commitment and dedication to advancing human rights and promoting quality education for all students. Conference attendees also heard from national and state experts on issues ranging from countering campus bullying and developing cultural competence skills to exploring the effects of unconscious bias in social relationships.(At podium in photo above) Kathleen Minck, the winner of one of 12 awards for outstanding efforts to boost human right and social justice, points to the peace symbol necklace given to her by her daughter to celebrate her CTA award. Minck received the CTA Peace and Justice Human Rights Award, presented by CTA Pres. Dean Vogel, Secretary-Treasurer Mikki Cichocki-Semo, and Vice President Eric Heins, for her work helping to feed and educate children living in poverty in three foreign nations.(At podium in photo left) Vallejo Education Association President Christal Watts brought to the dais other members of her chapter who were attending the conference to underscore the fact it was the entire chapter’s effort that led to the achievement. (Photo at left) The other 2013 Human Rights Award Winners include Gary Leveque, of San Ramon Valley Education Association; Jorge Salas, of Travis Unified Teachers Association; Cliff Kusaba, of Teachers Association of Long Beach; Caroline Kris, of San Ramon Valley Education Association; Vanessa Perez, of Hart District Teachers Association; April Carmelo, of Shasta Union High School District; Pat Sabo, of Healdsburg Area Teachers Association; Katherine Jordan, of Bakersfield Elementary Teachers Association; Jenny Chomori, of United Teachers Los Angeles; and Rebecca Harper, who as Chair of the San Gorgonio Service Center Council (San G), accepted the award for San G.