What is 3-1(g) Plan? An NEA policy to achieve ethnic-minority delegate representation at least equal to the proportion of identified ethnic minority populations within the state.
Purpose • 3-1(g) plan is to make the Association STRONGER by ensuring that all members have the opportunity for active participation. • This is one example of NEA’s commitment to diversity.
State Goal is Determined by the US Census • New Mexico’s ethnic-minority population is 55% as of the 2000 census. This percentage is likely to increase with the 2010 census. • In 2011, our ethnic-minority delegate representation needs to be at least 55% to meet our goal.
NEA-NM needs to meet its 3-1(g) goal in 2011 for the RA in Chicago. • NEA-NM met its 3-1(g)goal in 2008. • The last 2 years, we fell short by 1 delegate. • To meet our goal, we need to work together at the state and local level to increase minority participation in the Association.
The State of New Mexico • Among the states, New Mexico has the highest percentage of Hispanic Americans and the second-highest percentage of Native Americans (mostly Navajo and Pueblo peoples) after Alaska.
What Can We Do? • Recruit ethnic minority candidates for the RA and for active participation in the Association • Inform locals about our 3-1(g) goals • Encourage members to self-identify by checking the ethnicity designation on the membership form or going to www.nea-nm.org to complete the designation form. • The state is electing minority delegates. We need to help locals do so as well.
LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS • Sharon Morgan The NEA-NM President will communicate to local associations the need to plan and budget for locally elected RA delegates. • Presidents are strongly urged to explain the 3-1(g) Plan at a meeting of Association Reps before local delegate candidates are nominated.
State nominations are closed but Local Delegates are still to be elected and all are encouraged to participate.
Your Voice WILL Be Heard! • Elected delegates may participate in the NEA Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women.