What steps are you taking to lead change and assist equity, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) efforts within your organization? A critical element in change making and ED&I work is strong and courageous leadership. At the 2019 National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, NAEA’s Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I Task Force) unveiled 16 recommendations. The NAEA Board of Directors took immediate action in response to the first recommendation “to create a standing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Commission” that works to advance equity, diversity and inclusion priorities to ensure that NAEA is inclusive and open to all. This presentation examines the National Art Education Association’s bold and strategic commitment to an equity, diversity and inclusion initiative designed to guide change that leads to a more diverse, equitable and inclusive organization. Presenters explore the impact of this commitment on NAEA and state art education organizations and share current progress toward the ED&I Task Force recommendations made by the inaugural ED&I Commission. Session participants have the opportunity to reflect on next steps for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion within their organizations.
James Haywood Rolling, Jr., President, National Art Education Association
Noel Bella Merriam, Museum Commissioner, National Art Education Association Commission for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Wanda B. Knight, President-Elect, National Art Education Association
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