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The National Council of Teachers of English is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion. Throughout the years, NCTE has developed, supported, and maintained policies and procedures to ensure that that 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.

Policy & Reports
Policy on the Involvement of People of Color
History of NCTE's Policy on Involvement of People of Color
Election Policy on the Involvement of People of Color
1996 Report from the Task Force on Involving People of Color in the Council
1996 Staff Recommendations Regarding Implementation of the 1996 Report on Involving People of Color in the Council
NCTE Executive Committee Motions Related to Implementation of the 1996 Report on Involving People of Color in the Council
2001 Audit of Implementation of Recommendations from the 1996 Report on Involving People of Color in the Council
NCTE Resolution on El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros

Caucuses and Committees
CCCC Committee on Diversity
This CCCC Committee on Diversity is charged to promote and support ongoing dialogues about diversity and difference in all aspects of teaching, graduate study, professional hiring and development, and research on rhetoric, writing, and literacy. This committee has a particular but not exclusive charge to address the concerns and problems of racial diversity in the rhetoric and composition committee, given the under-representation of people of color in our organization and on college faculties nationwide.

Awards & Grants

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 March 18, 2013.

NCTE Early Career Educator of Color Leadership Awards
This award supports early career teachers of color who take part in a three-day summer leadership development conference that helps prepare them to carry out a leadership project in literacy education. Deadline March 18, 2013. 

NCTE Early Career Teacher of Color Award of Distinction
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.  Deadline March 18, 2013. 

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 March 15, 2013.

CCCC Scholars for the Dream Travel Award (Authors royalty donations help offset cost.

Established in 1993; given by the Conference on College Composition and Communication to first-time CCCC Convention presenters who are members of a historically underrepresented group; up to ten travel awards of $750 each and a one-year membership in NCTE and CCCC are given each year. Committee deliberates via email. 

CEE Cultural Diversity Grant
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. Eligible NCTE members must indicate their desire to be considered for the Cultural Diversity Grant on their NCTE Conference Proposal Form and submit an application by the extended deadline of May 31, 2012. Please click here for additional information. Deadline January 1, 2013.

Cultural Caucuses and Committees

American Indian Caucuses

The American Indian Caucus is a group of American Indian teachers and scholars who come together to support and develop papers related to composition, language, and literature and to promote positive and accurate representations of American Indian educators and students.

Asian/Asian American Caucus
The Asian/Asian American Caucus invites all to join this community of members who support one another on scholarship by and/or about Asian and Asian American language practices, rhetorics, and literacy education.

Black Caucus
The Black Caucus of NCTE/CCCC is an advocacy group of Black English language arts educators and scholars who are involved in the teaching and learning of communication skills.

Since its founding in 1970, the continuing mission of the Black Caucus has been to enhance the professional welfare of English language arts professionals of African descent, who work on all levels, from kindergarten through graduate school, who are members of NCTE and CCCC, and who are committed to Black students and scholars experiencing success in English language arts.

Latino Caucus
NCTE/CCCC is a network of Latino/a educators in English studies, literacy and language arts.  Our purpose is to:

  • exchange ideas,
  • serve as a resource for  members, the educational community and the general public,
  • and support activities that promote the learning and advancement of students and teachers of color.

Any Latino/a educator, or like-minded educator, or pre-service educator who is a member of NCTE is invited to join us.

Caucus Videos

The videos below were developed through a project titled, Writing and Working for Change: A Digital Archive of Social Activism by Teachers of NCTE/CCCC. These videos serve as one of many ways 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.

Special Diversity Initiatives

African American Read-In (AARI)
Join over a million readers in the Twenty-Fourth National African American Read-In. The event is sponsored by the Black Caucus of NCTE and NCTE.

We look forward to your participation in the 2013 National African American Read-In and encourage you to read books authored by Black writers throughout the year.
MORE information . . .

Annual Convention Cultural Event
Cultural Celebration and Social Event
Presented by the Black and Latino Caucuses Social Event Sponsored by Michigan State University's Center for Applied Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Arts and Humanities.
Friday, November 16, 2012
7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Cultural Celebration
8:15 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Social Event
MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
Grand Ballroom Room 113, Level One

When most of us think of Las Vegas, our minds shift to the incessant ring of slot machines, the glare of pulsing neon lights, the glitz and the glamour of the Vegas Strip, but tonight we celebrate the talents of students who reside in the backdrop of the revelry. So hear the call of drums, la música, festive colors, hip hop style, and talented students, as the Black and Latino Caucuses celebrate the children of Las Vegas. Spoken word poetry, mariachis, a drum line, dramatic monologues, and various dance groups, all performed by youth from Las Vegas schools. These young people will delight you and make you proud to live in our diverse world. After the performances, stay and relax with us, as we continue our celebration with a wine and cheese reception topped off with dancing and head bopping to the rhythms of a DJ. Remember, Las Vegas is a town that never sleeps! So you will still have time to go out and enjoy after this amazing evening presented collectively by the Black and Latino Caucuses for all NCTE members and guests.

El dìa de los nioñs/El dìa de los libros, Children's Day/Book Day
El dìa de los niños/El dìa de los libros A day of celebrating children and books

El día de los niños/El día de los libros is a celebration of childhood and multilingual literacy.  Under the leadership of author Pat Mora, this program was launched in 1996 to bring attention to family literacy.  April 30, a traditional day for celebrating children throughout the Americas, was selected to begin a nationwide effort to observe a special day for promoting literacy for children of all ages and cultural and linguistic backgrounds.  El día de los niños/El día de los libros focuses on strengthening the practice of making books and reading in many languages an integral part of children’s lives.  Most importantly, El día de los niños/El día de los libros promotes linking all children to books, languages, and cultures. Click here for more information and tips on hosting your very own El día de los niños/El día de los libros Celebrations!

Writing & Working for Change
Writing and Working for Change: A Digital Archive of Social Activism by Teachers of NCTE/CCCC is a project co-directed by Samantha Blackmon, Cristina Kirklighter, and Steve Parks that responds to the need to both preserve and expand access to records documenting the collective work of English teachers as a way of supporting NCTE’s commitment to social justice and equality.

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