Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) professional learning aims to reduce disparities in our classrooms and schools as well as advance equity in the profession. These OEA DEI opportunities energize and grow the engagement and leadership of racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse educators AND provide events and professional learning to engage all members in furthering their DEI development and equity in their schools.

Current Opportunities:

Oregon Ethnic Studies Standards Preview and Feedback Forums: Join Oregon educators and the public in taking an informed look at the new Ethnic Studies Standards. Give feedback in brief focus groups that will shape this critical equity work.

Each forum is from 4:00-5:15 p.m. Choose ONE forum to attend:

Equity SPARKS "Living Room" Zoom gatherings: Equity SPARKS “Living Room” ZOOM meetings are informal and supportive gatherings of Equity SPARKS alumni who support one another, bring information and updates on equity initiatives, and provide an ongoing safe place to create community and solidarity.

  • Friday, October 23 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 20 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, December 16 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 22 4:30-5:30 p.m.

White-Allyship Symposium: Courageous Humility in Education: Due to COVID 19 closures, this conference has been rescheduled tentatively for Saturday, February 13, 2021 in Salem. The theme of the postponed symposium has been modified to focus on Strengthening Your Stance and Action on Anti-Racism. We will also be working on a plan to deliver this content virtually if we are unable to facilitate an in-person conference.

Past Opportunities:

Equity SPARKS "Living Room" Zoom gatherings

  • Friday, April 17 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 1 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 15 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 27 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: In this 5-week facilitated virtual learning community, discuss the book by Zaretta Hammond. Opportunities for PDUs and a "choose your own book study adventure": meet virtually (days and times vary by section) for informal discussion and/or develop plans for implementing new ideas and strategies for additional PDUs. Additional details on the event page. REGISTRATION IS FULL.

Equity Sparks Retreats: The OEA Sparks event is intended for OEA Members of Color and active equity champions. Spend time with colleagues engaged in equity affinity groups to build community, strengthen skills, explore equity hot topics, network and have fun! The event is targeted to members of color, because recruiting and retaining educators of color and educators who are equity champions is a critical need in every Oregon classroom. Enrollment will be capped at 30 participants.

  • October 25-27, 2019 – Inn At Spanish Head, Lincoln City, OR
  • January 10-12, 2020 – Inn At Spanish Head, Lincoln City, OR
  • May 15-17, 2020 – Inn At Spanish Head, Lincoln City, OR - POSTPONED
  • June 22-25, 2020 – Best Western, Agate Beach, OR - POSTPONED