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:

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies: A 7-week facilitated virtual learning community to discuss this book by Resmaa Menakem. This book study is only open to members who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. Participants will be provided with the book. Additional details on the event page.

Level: Intermediate

Cost: Members: $0, free as a benefit of membership; Non-members: $75.

  • April 12-May 28, 2021. Live discussions on Thursdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. REGISTRATION IS FULL.

Everyday Antiracism: Getting Real About Race in School: A 6-week facilitated virtual learning community to discuss the book by Mica Pollock. This book study is only open to members who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color. Participants will be provided with the book. Additional details on the event page.

Level: Intermediate

Cost: Members: $0, free as a benefit of membership; Non-members: $75.

  • April 19-May 28, 2021, live sessions on Mondays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. REGISTRATION IS FULL.

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 for informal discussion and/or develop plans for implementing new ideas and strategies for additional PDUs. Participants are required to borrow or purchase the book. Email OEALearn@oregoned.org if you need help finding the book at your local library. Additional details on the event page.

Level: Foundational

Cost: Members: $0, free as a benefit of membership; Non-members: $75

  • April 5 - May 14, 2021. Live discussions on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. REGISTRATION IS FULL. Open to ALL members.

Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy: A 5-week facilitated virtual learning community to discuss the book by Gholdy Muhammad. Opportunities for PDUs and a "choose your own book study adventure": meet virtually for informal discussion and/or develop plans for implementing new ideas and strategies for additional PDUs. Participants are required to borrow or purchase the book. Email OEALearn@oregoned.org if you need help finding the book at your local library. Additional details on the event page.

Level: Foundational/Intermediate

Cost: Members: $0, free as a benefit of membership; Non-members: $75

  • April 5 - May 14, 2021. Live discussions on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Open to ALL members. REGISTRATION IS FULL.

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.

Past 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.

  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • Wednesday, January 6, 2021
  • Monday, January 11, 2021

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.
  • 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.

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. Spring 2020.

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