Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

During the Spring of 2021, the NYSATA Board took action to establish an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee. 

NYSATA’s charge to the ED&I Committee: 
  • to do the difficult and ongoing work of examining and making recommendations for dismantling systemic inequities that reinforce inaccessibility, stagnate membership, and foster a general resistance to new perspectives, particularly as a means for inciting organizational change within NYSATA
  • to ensure equal access to the benefits of membership and positions of leadership for all
  • to increase the capacity of art educators to enact change that ultimately fosters greater diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility throughout their circle of influence and within their own  professional practice
  • to serve students and support educators—including those who are often marginalized due to their identity including but not restricted to cultural race, ethnicity, class, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, special needs and other characteristics
  • to identify, guide, and support opportunities for professional development in local, regional, and state level Initiatives such as NYSED’s Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education guidance
  • to work with NYSATA leaders and program coordinators to evaluate the accessibility of NYSATA programs and to provide students with equitable opportunities for success
  • to establish goals by targeting and identifying areas for improvement regarding equity within the NYSATA community in order to create and maintain a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment

All persons eligible for NYSATA membership who have an interest and meet the criteria for serving on this important leadership team are encouraged to apply. ED&I Committee members must demonstrate a commitment to social justice work as it supports NYSATAs mission. We ask for a two year commitment to the committee work.Other qualifications and duties are as follows:

Relevant Experience:

  • maintains or is establishing a leadership track record with wide-ranging experience in equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives
  • has a personal history of committed struggle against underrepresentation in social and professional contexts, and/or experience teaching/working successfully with underrepresented populations
  • advocates for equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (willing to stand up and speak out on behalf of others who are marginalized or disenfranchised)
  • participates with other organizations, groups, or institutions who are doing equity, diversity, and inclusion work
  • has research experience and/or a strong interest in research

All applications will be submitted online and must be received by 11:59 pm on February 1, 2021. Accepted committee members will be notified by March 1. 

Here's what you will need to apply:  
Application—Applicants may wish to prepare the following responses in advance 

  • provide an overview of your experience, service, scholarship, and leadership in the work of establishing greater equity, diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility (limit 1500 characters)
  • explain how you have you increased your knowledge and awareness of issues surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion (limit 1500 characters)
  • describe how your LEADERSHIP background, knowledge, and skills support your ability to contribute to diverse perspectives (limit 1500 characters)
  • list questions, challenges and issues you believe need to be addressed in the work of establishing greater equity, diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility (limit 1500 characters)

 2 References—name and contact info for 2 individuals who can provide testimony of your comitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. 

Optional—resume and up to two letters of support

Questions? Please contact NYSATA President, Michelle Schroeder, at [email protected].