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Diversity Statement

The National Council of Teachers of English is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion. Throughout the years, NCTE has developed, supported, and maintained positions, policies, procedures, and programming to ensure that the Council maintains a culture that embraces diversity, leverages diverse talents, ensures equitable opportunities for all, and is representative of all individuals who contribute to the field of literacy education.

It is the policy of the National Council of Teachers of English that it demonstrate sensitivity to the concerns of people of color and they be represented on all Council-sponsored programs. People of color refers to historically underrepresented groups--African American, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Latinos.

NCTE Caucus Panel

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Caucuses are Special Interest Groups within NCTE and the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) who come together on specific issues and actions. They hold meetings at the NCTE Annual Convention and/or at the CCCC Annual Convention. Click the links below to get involved.

As we continue to increase awareness and participation of individuals and groups that represent cultural diversity, we remain committed to the development and ongoing support of policies, programs, groups, and special initiatives that address diversity. 

Annual Diversity Brochure
The annual convention diversity brochure highlights NCTE's Diversity Initiatives including the Rainbow Strand. Rainbow Strand sessions highlight issues and strategies related to enhancing the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students. A brochure is developed and distributed each year to promote these sessions.

Diversity Programs

National African American Read-In (AARI)
Sponsored by the Black Caucus and NCTE
Join over a million readers and host your very own African American Read-In. Bring together friends to share a book, or arrange a public reading that features professional African American writers. Held Annually in February

El dìa de los niños/El dìa de los libros 
(A Day of Celebrating Children and Books)
NCTE Resolution in support of El dìa de los niños/El dìa de los libros

A celebration of childhood and multilingual literacy under the leadership of author Pat Mora.This celebration serves as a nationwide effort to observe a special day for promoting literacy for children of all ages and cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Host your very own celebration that focuses on linking children to books, languages, and cultures. Held Annually on April 30

Writing and Working for Change -
A Digital Archive of Social Activism by Teachers of the National Council of Teacher of English (NCTE)
A collection of video interviews, featuring caucus leaders, developed  to preserve and expand access to records documenting the collective work of English teachers and as a way of supporting NCTE’s commitment to social justice and equality.
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Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Award Recipients


Awards & Grants

CEE Cultural Diversity Grant
Administered by the Conference on English Education (CEE)
This grant offers up to two $500 awards for first-time NCTE Conference presenters who are members of groups historically underrepresented in NCTE and CEE. Deadline May 23, 2016

Cultivating New Voices Among Scholars of Color
Administered by the Research Foundation
The Cultivating New Voices program is designed to provide support, mentoring, and networking opportunities for early career scholars of color. The program aims to work with graduate students of color as they conceptualize, plan, conduct, and write their research. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2016

NCTE Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award
This award is given to an NCTE member of color who has made a significant contribution to NCTE and the development of our professional community.  Deadline June 1, 2016

NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Awards
This award provides early career teachers of color a national forum at the NCTE Annual Convention for professional collaboration and development as they build accomplished teaching careers as active NCTE members. All award recipients must be an NCTE member at the time the award is accepted. Deadline April 30 (annually)

Cultivating New Voices (CNV) Program

2012 Spring Institute


Affiliate Multicultural Program Award
Administered by the NCTE Standing Committee on Affiliates
To recognize affiliates who adopt programs, policies, activities, and other events which encourage greater participation and development of multicultural involvement within each affiliate.
 Deadline May 1 (annually)

NCTE Fund Teachers for the Dream Affiliate Award
The NCTE Fund invites affiliates to implement initiatives aimed at recruiting English language arts teachers of color and will offer grants to those selected affiliates. 
Deadline May 1 (annually)

CCCC Scholars for the Dream Travel Award
Administered by the Conference on College Composition and Communication
This travel award is given to ten first-time CCCC Convention presenters who are members of a historically underrepresented group.  Deadline October 10, 2015

Barksdale-Turner Scholarship in African American/Black Literature
Administered by the NCTE/CCCC Black Caucus
The scholarship supports the continued education of an African American student who is an English major with a demonstrated interest in African American/Black literature. Deadline September 15 (annually)

Annual Cultural Celebration

2016 Cultural Celebration
NCTE Annual Convention 2016
Hosted by the Black and Latinx Caucuses 

Friday, November 18, 2016, 7:15–9:00 p.m.
Georgia World Congress Center, B302–B305

The sounds of the soul, the voices and verbs of the spoken word, and the eclectic energy of Atlanta highlight an evening of culture, history, and performance. This dynamic event will start at the word when music meets breath, interacting and converging in conversation, using spoken word poetry to reclaim identities and challenge inequities around language, privilege, and power. Each performance will illuminate issues transcultural and representative of neo-American being while highlighting children and stories told through themes of social justice and communities of harmony.

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