Opportunities for Individuals from Diverse Backgrounds through CEC's Caucuses

CEC hosts several caucuses, each of which addresses different aspects of diversity. These unofficial bodies make recommendations to CEC on various issues concerning their constituencies. They are:

American Indian Caucus

The American Indian Caucus (AIC) is a network of pre-service students, educators, and other advocates interested in advancing the education of gifted and disabled American Indian children by supporting the professional advancement of educators and advocates working on behalf of the children. The AIC serves as a forum to exchange information, share concerns and make recommendations to CEC. The group publishes a newsletter and raises funds to help Yes I Can! American Indian award winners.

Contacts:
Roberta Unger, Chair
Route 3, Box 307
Patterson Creek, WV 26753
304/788-4215 (office)
runger@access.k12.wv.us

Rose Matuszny, Co-Chair
404 Trojan Horse Circle
Fleetwood, NC 28626
828/262-7251 (office)
matusznyrm@appstate.edu

Asian/Pacific Islander Caucus

The CEC Asian/Pacific Islander Caucus is a network of educators and researchers interested in advancing the education of Asian/Pacific Islander children with disabilities and supporting the professional advancement of Asian/Pacific Islander special educators and researchers. The Asian/Pacific Islander Caucus serves as a forum for pre-service students, faculty, researchers, educators, and administrators to exchange information, share concerns, and make recommendations to CEC. For more information, visit the API Caucus blog at http://apicaucus.wordpress.com/about/.

Contact:
Kim Doan, Chair
West Chester University
210C Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA  19383  
434/409-3232
kdoan@wcupa.edu

Allisence Chang, Co-Chair
Longview Elementary School
1209 E Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85014
508/308-8172
achang@osbornnet.org  

Black Caucus

The CEC Black Caucus is a network of educators interested in advancing the education of black children with disabilities and supporting the professional advancement of African American special educators. The Black Caucus serves as a forum for pre-service students, faculty, educators, and administrators to exchange information, share concerns, and make recommendations to CEC.

For more information, visit the Black Caucus Web site.

Contact:
Angela McIntosh, President
13306 Bavarian Drive
San Diego, CA 92129-2358
619/594-4814 office
mcintosh@mail.sdsu.edu

Canadian Caucus

The Canadian Caucus is a network of educators interested in advancing the education of Canadian children with special learning needs and supporting the professional advancement of Canadian special educators. The Canadian Caucus serves as a forum for pre-service students, faculty, educators, and administrators to exchange information, share concerns, and make recommendations to CEC.

Contact:
Sheena Lewis, Chair
3207 Mariner Way
BSMT
Coquitlam, BC V3C 4N2 Canada
604/683-9331 office
slewis@cisva.bc.ca

Educators with Disabilities Caucus

The Educators with Disabilities Caucus (EDC) is a national network of teachers with disabilities and persons interested in the topic of educators with disabilities. EDC serves as a forum for preservice students, faculty, educators, and administrators to exchange information on recruiting, hiring, and supporting teachers or related services personnel who have disabilities.

For more information, visit the EDC Web site. We're now on Facebook!

Contact:
Marcie Povitsky, Chair
Site Coordinator
Towson University
The Universities at Shady Grove (MD)
9630 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
301/738-6062 office
mpovitsky@towson.edu

Faith Based Schools and Organizations

Faith Based Schools and Organizations is a network of those interested in advancing the field as to how children with disabilities are served in faith based schools and organizations.  The network seeks to understand how theological beliefs are applied to teach compassion, understanding, and acceptance of those with disabilities while determining what types of inclusive environments exist and how services are provided.  Faith Based Schools and Organizations is a forum for students, faculty, researchers, educators, and administrators to exchange information, share concerns, and make recommendations to CEC.

Contact:
Julie Lane, Chair
Fresno Pacific University
1717 S. Chestnut Street
Fresno, CA 93702
559/453-5682
julie.lane@fresno.edu

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of Special Educators

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus of Special Educators provides educational information and resources supportive of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students, teachers, and parents or guardians.

Contact:
Catherine M. DeCourcey, Chair
Lincoln University
Department of Education
1570 Baltimore Pike
Lincoln University, PA 19352
484/365-7602 office
glbt.specialeducators@gmail.com

Hispanic Caucus

The CEC Hispanic Caucus is a network of educators interested in advancing the education of Hispanic children with disabilities and supporting the professional advancement of Hispanic special educators. The Hispanic Caucus serves as a forum for pre-service students, faculty, educators, and administrators to exchange information, share concerns, and make recommendations to CEC.

Contact:
Diana Morales, Chair
1445 SW 13 Street
Miami, FL 33145
786/457-4200
CEC.Hispaniccaucus@gmail.com

CEC’s Diversity Terminology

In April 2008, the Council’s Board of Directors approved updated diversity terms to be used in the CEC Policy Manual Glossary. CEC will infuse the new terminology into its strategic plan and its work. All CEC members and units are encouraged to embrace this new terminology and incorporate it into their work.