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Developing Strong Leaders

The Ethnic Minority Early Identification and Development Program identifies CTA members of color who are interested in expanding their roles in CTA. EMEID’s goal is to increase the number of CTA leaders of color in roles such as: President, Bargaining Chair, State Council Rep, Service Center Council Chair and Officers and any other respected leadership role/position.

Once identified and accepted in the program, participants are paired with a coach who assists them in defining goals and identifying appropriate steps to achieve those goals. 

The program builds on existing CTA/NEA programs, trainings, conferences, events as well as incorporates interaction and coaching with Local Chapter, CTA, and NEA leadership and CTA Staff.

Apply for the Class of 2021-22

CTA has a long-standing commitment to increasing leaders and staff of color. EMEID reinforces our commitment to continue the efforts well into the future. 

Key dates:

  • Apply online starting February 16, 2021
  • Application deadline is April 09, 2021
  • Applicants will be notified by May 14, 2021
  • Attendance of CTA’s Summer Institute, Emerging Leaders Track, July 24 – 29, 2021
  • Attendance of State Council, January 14 – 16, 2022

The deadline for 2020 has passed.

Questions? Contact Nicole Love, 


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EMEID Class of 2017-18

Increasing Diversity, Centering Voices

In many local chapters of the CTA, there is a significant lack of diversity within leadership roles. 

Even though there has been a steady increase in CTA members of color (reflecting California’s demographics), the number of leaders of color remains low. White women have been particularly successful in transitioning to leadership or staff roles at CTA, but it takes women of color longer to get there, if at all. Men of color have experienced similar struggles entering leadership roles, and are also diminishing in numbers in our classrooms.

EMEID was established as a systematic approach to sustain and increase the number of educators of color in leadership roles in CTA and its affiliates.

Learn more about  the 2019-2020 EMEID program participants!