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CCA leaders and delegates represented community college faculty at the NEA Representative Assembly in Chicago this past July. Eight attended in-person and several attended virtually.

The 2022 annual business meeting allowed for both in-person and virtual participation where nearly 6,000 educators discussed policies, priorities and plans that further cement the association’s vision of schools as spaces where all students and educators can thrive. This happens in schools that are safe, just and equitable.

Our Native students and students of color, including those who identify as LGBTQ+, have disabilities, and/or are English language learners are the least likely to attend such schools and their voices, experiences and needs must be centered.

“As a first time RA in-person attendee, I was amazed by the scope of the event. It was truly magical to see thousands of people peacefully debate and decide the policies and business of our union and to be part of that process for those I represent.”

– Chaffey College FA President Jonathan Ausubel

“The NEA RA in Chicago was extremely productive. Being in-person again allowed for more effective networking with faculty from across the county. From the RA floor to Zoom, these connections have continued as we work with NEA on supporting our part-time faculty,” said CCA Vice President Randa Wahbe.

“I felt empowered to see the work that NEA does at the national level. I appreciated the diversity of thought, backgrounds and perspectives. Equally important, the leadership the CTA delegation displayed was inspiring!” said Jesus Gutierrez, member of the Citrus College Faculty Association and CCA District G Director.

From left to right: CCA Vice President Randa Wahbe, CCA Treasurer Jonathan Ausubel and Napa Valley College Faculty Association President Kristie Iwamoto

Educators also discussed more than 130 business items and adopted many, including an NEA policy statement that sets NEA’s guide for achieving safe, just and equitable schools for every student. It describes ways to achieve learning environments in which students and educators can thrive and to eliminate the obstacles and adverse policies that harm students and impede their success. The policy focuses on a variety of actions to ensure that today’s educators have the resources, training and supports they need to help all students succeed.

Additionally, NEA will focus on securing protections for faculty who teach about Palestine, support for women’s rights, and engage in a nationwide campaign to educate the public on part-time faculty conditions.

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