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Promoting Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights

The CTA Human Rights Awards Program was adopted by the CTA State Council of Education in October, 1984, and was further augmented to include eight new categories of awards in the ensuing years. The goal of the Awards Program is to promote the development of programs for the advancement and protection of human and civil rights within the Association.

Deadline: January every year (2020 Deadline has passed)

 

2020 Award Recipients

Seven people standing and holding awards

Joel Laguna of UTLA + the San Diego SCC, CTA Board Member Erika Lynn Jones of UTLA, Anne Alvarez of Unified Association of Conejo Teachers, Guillermo Antonio Gómez of San Diego Education Association, Carmina Ramirez of Associated Calexico Teachers

 

Nomination Categories

Human Rights Awards are given annually to CTA Chapters, Service Center Councils, and Members in the following categories:

CTA Chapter/Service Center Council Categories

  • CTA Chapter Human Rights Award*
  • CTA Service Center Council Human Rights Awards*

*Nominations must be made in the name of the Chapter and/or Service Center Council only

Individual Member Award Categories 

  • American Indian/Alaska Native Human Rights Award in Honor of Jim Clark
  • César Chávez “Si Se Puede” Human Rights Award 
  • CTA Member Human Rights Award 
  • CTA Peace and Justice Human Rights Award 
  • African American Human Rights Award in Honor of Lois Tinson
  • Human Rights Award for LGBTQ+ Advocacy in Honor of Nancy Bailey 
  • Pacific Asian American Human Rights Award 
  • Students with Exceptional Needs Human Rights Award 
  • Human Rights Award for Women’s Advocacy
 

CTA Chapter/Service Center Council Award Criteria

Awards are presented to CTA Chapter or Service Center Council nominees that meet several of the following criteria either through work, contributions, or programs within the Association or on its behalf. 

  • Helped protect and advance the human and civil rights of educators and students 
  • Designed and implemented project(s) to inform the membership about the meaning of human and civil rights and how they can be protected or are abridged 
  • Designed and initiated plans which identify and encourage the use of effective teaching materials reflecting the value of diversity 
  • Promoted human rights training and programs 
  • Worked to eradicate discrimination within the profession 
  • Promoted equal educational opportunity and access for all students 
  • Worked to improve inter-group relations 
  • Worked to reduce violence and promote peace 
  • Worked to eliminate hate motivated incidents and/or harassment 
  • Worked to gain a greater voice for all in Association policy and decision-making 
  • Helped to eliminate stereotyping in the curriculum, in the schools, or in the community 
  • Established or improved an effective Human Rights Program 
  • Worked to educate others about extremists who threaten the human and civil rights of others 
  • Worked to promote educational opportunity for physically and/or mentally challenged students 
  • Worked to build more effective family, school and community partnerships

American Indian/Alaska Native Human Rights Award in Honor of Jim Clark

CTA presents the American Indian/Alaska Native Human Rights Awards in Honor of Jim Clark to an individual CTA member whose activities have helped to achieve significant progress on behalf of equal opportunity for American Indians and Alaska Natives. To be eligible for this award, the nominee must have demonstrated leadership and commitment in several of the following areas related to American Indians and Alaska Natives: 

  • Equal educational opportunity 
  • Educational materials and curriculum 
  • Promoting Federal and State legislation to increase funding for American Indian/Alaska Native programs and issues 
  • History 
  • Preserving cultural heritage, traditions and values 
  • Eliminating stereotypes of American Indian/Alaska Natives 
  • Training and leadership programs 
  • Greater voice in Association policy and decision making 
  • Public awareness of rights, issues, and concerns 
  • Creating positive role models

Cesar Chavez “Si Se Puede” Human Rights Award

CTA presents the Cesar Chavez “Si Se Puede” Human Rights Award to an individual CTA member whose activities have helped to achieve significant progress on behalf of equal opportunity for Hispanics. The CTA César Chávez “Si Se Puede” Human Rights Award honors César Chávez (1927-1993), justifiably revered in the labor and civil rights movements for his nonviolent activism which inspired thousands of farmworkers to unionize for dignity and later expanded the movement to achieve advancement for all. To be eligible for this award, the nominee must have demonstrated leadership and commitment in several of the following areas related to the Hispanic community: 

  • Immigrant issues 
  • Bilingual programs and funding 
  • Curriculum and materials 
  • Cultural heritage 
  • Training and leadership programs 
  • Greater voice in Association policy and decision-making 
  • Exemplifying the nonviolent philosophy of César Chávez 
  • Promoting educational equality for Hispanic students 
  • History 
  • Combining labor relations techniques and grass roots organizing to achieve improvement in working conditions and/or education of Hispanic students 
  • Developing programs that enhance the education of Hispanic students 
  • Promoting, designing, and coordinating training programs for counselors and teachers of Hispanic students

CTA Member Human Rights Award

CTA presents the CTA Member Human Rights Award to an individual who has promoted human and civil rights within their communities in several of the following areas: 

  • Design and actively participate in community activities 
  • Recruit minority members into leadership within their local 
  • Promote the teaching profession among future teachers (Club Ed and Student CTA) 
  • Encourage middle and high school youth to enter the teaching profession 
  • Work to eradicate discrimination within their school site 
  • Be active within the local association promoting CTA’s Human Rights programs 
  • Work to build more effective family, school, and community partnerships

CTA Peace and Justice Human Rights Award

CTA presents the CTA Peace and Justice Human Rights Award to an individual CTA member who has promoted peace and justice within their school and community in several of the following areas: 

  • Design and/or implement curriculum about issues of peace, justice and international understanding 
  • Inspire youth to study and become involved in activities that promote peace and justice 
  • Promote international understanding, peace and cooperation among the nations of the world 
  • Actively participate in community activities about the issues of peace, justice and international understanding 
  • Provide leadership within local, state and/or national levels in programs that create awareness and educate members about the issues of peace, justice and international understanding

African American Human Rights Award in Honor of Lois Tinson

CTA presents the African American Human Rights Award in Honor of Lois Tinson to an individual CTA member whose activities have helped to achieve significant progress on behalf of equal opportunity for African Americans. Lois Tinson was CTA’s first African American and ethnic minority president. She was a gifted educator who was committed to public education and helping all children succeed. To be eligible for this award, the nominee must have demonstrated leadership and commitment in several of the following areas related to African Americans: 

  • History 
  • Working to preserve African American culture, traditions, and values 
  • Training and leadership programs 
  • Educational materials and curriculum 
  • Economic and occupational status 
  • Greater voice in Association policy and decision-making 
  • Serving as a role model inspiring and promoting leadership potential 
  • Educational equality

Human Rights Award for LGBTQ+ Advocacy in Honor of Nancy Bailey

CTA presents the Human Rights Award for LGBTQ+ Advocacy in Honor of Nancy Bailey to an individual CTA member whose activities have helped to achieve significant equity and equality for the Lesbian, Gay,  Bisexual and Transgender community. Nancy Bailey, instructor of physical education, CSU, Bakersfield, is the founder of the Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the California Teachers Association. Her courage and tenacity inspired the growth of the movement within the profession.  To be eligible for this award, the nominee must have demonstrated leadership and commitment in several of the following areas related to the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual community: 

  • Adolescent services 
  • Eliminating stereotyping and name calling 
  • Expanding the definition of diversity both within and outside of the community 
  • Regular articulation through written or verbal expression of the needs of gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender people 
  • HIV/AIDS health 
  • Political activism and advocacy of legislation 
  • Eliminating discrimination, harassment, and hate motivated violence directed toward gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender people 
  • Training for adults and counseling for students

Pacific Asian American Human Rights Award

CTA presents the Pacific Asian American Human Rights Award to an individual CTA member whose activities have helped to achieve significant progress on behalf of equal opportunity for Pacific Asian Americans.  To be eligible for this award, the nominee must have demonstrated leadership and commitment in several of the following areas related to Pacific Asian Americans: 

  • Bilingual programs 
  • Immigrant issues 
  • Political lobbying 
  • Involvement in anti-gang activities 
  • Political activism 
  • History 
  • Educational equity 
  • Training and leadership programs

Students with Exceptional Needs Human Rights Award

CTA presents the Students with Exceptional Needs Human Rights Award to an individual CTA member whose activities have helped to achieve significant progress on behalf of equal opportunity for physically and/or mentally challenged students.  To be eligible for this award, the nominee must have demonstrated leadership and commitment in several of the following areas related to physically/mentally challenged students: 

  • Eliminating discrimination against individuals with disabilities 
  • Development of educational materials and curriculum for special education students 
  • Working with issues related to physically/mentally challenged students Serving as a role model to inspire and promote the issues of physically/mentally challenged students 
  • Promoting equal educational opportunities for disabled students

Human Rights Award for Women’s Advocacy

CTA presents the Human Rights Award for Women’s Advocacy to an individual CTA member whose activities have helped to achieve significant progress in women’s rights.  To be eligible for this award, the nominee must have demonstrated leadership and commitment in several of the following areas related to women’s rights: 

  • Gender bias 
  • Greater voice in Association policy and decision-making 
  • Women’s history 
  • Health issues 
  • Leadership training 
  • Educational programs

Procedures

  • Nominations must be submitted online
  • Any active CTA Member, Chapter, Caucus or Service Center Council may submit nominations. Nominees must be an active CT A member. Membership of all individual nominees will be verified by CTA. 
  • The nomination form must be complete. Only one nomination is to be submitted on each form with the criteria clearly indicated. 
  • The nomination deadline is January 13, 2020 (Nomination Deadline Extended). Only completed forms submitted online by this date will be accepted for consideration. Nominations submitted after this date will not be considered. 
  • The CTA Human Rights Awards Selection Committee will screen the nominations and forward to the CTA Board of Directors for approval. Award recipients will be notified by mail and recognized at the CTA Equity and Human Rights Conference on February 29, 2020. 

If you have any questions, please call the CTA Human Rights Department at 650-552-5313 or email humanrightsawards@cta.org 

Deadline

The deadline for 2020 has passed.