Missouri NEA hosts conference to heighten awareness of social justice issues

From the Missouri National Education Association
1810 E. Elm St., Jefferson City, MO 65101

For further information: 
Debra Beckman
573-644-9616
debra.beckman@mnea.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2017



Jefferson City, MO: The Missouri National Education Association is hosting the “Unite, Inspire, Lead Conference” 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Saturday, March 25 at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. The conference will feature celebrity keynoter Dr. Bertice B. Berry and offer the following workshops focusing on social justice issues: Addressing Racial Disparities in Schools, Critical Conversations: Moving from Diversity to Equity, Whiteness: Building the Capacity to Become Allies for Justice, and Inclusivity: Creating Equitable Experiences for All Students.

Dr. Berry, a sociologist, author, lecturer and educator, will present the keynote during lunch. Berry, whose vision is to enable, empower and uplift others to live an intentional life of purpose and joy, has worked as an entertainer, comedian, and syndicated talk show host. She is also the author of a memoir entitled “I’m on my Way, But Your Foot is on My Head” and “The Ties That Bind: A Memoir of Race, Memory and Redemption,” as well as several novels.

Conferees must register by March 19. Download a complete program, learn more about the conference, and register at www.mnea.org/Missouri/Jointconference.aspx. Registration, which includes lunch, is free MNEA members who register and $30 for nonmembers. 

The 35,000-member MNEA represents teachers, education support professionals, college faculty, retired teachers and students studying to be teachers in school districts and on college campuses throughout the state. It is the Missouri affiliate of the 3.2 million-member NEA.

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