Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (EMAC)

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With a clear mission to increase involvement of minority members in the Association, NSEA’s Ethnic and Minority Affairs Committee gained formal status as a standing committee in 1979.

EMAC represents the Association’s minority members on the NSEA Board of Directors through an elected representative on the board. EMAC also promotes respect and understanding of minority and ethnic groups, advises the NSEA board on minority issues, and works to maintain compliance with NEA and NSEA goals for minority participation, training and leadership.

The EMAC Executive Committee consists of officers and two representatives each from these groups: African American; Chicano/Hispanic; American Indian and Alaska Native; Asian and Pacific Islander. 

Goals and Objectives

The purpose of the EMAC is to promote respect and understanding of minority and ethnic groups and their involvement in Association activities. The Committee shall plan and implement programs that promote:

  • Minority leadership training.
  • Minority student achievement.
  • Respect of minority and ethnic cultural differences.
  • The recruitment of minority members to participate in NEA RA and other Association governance activities.
  • Policies related to issues of concern to minorities and ethnic groups by recommending policy to the NSEA Board of Directors.
  • Recruitment of minorities and ethnic groups into the teaching profession.

All NSEA members are encouraged to participate in the activities and programs of the Committee.

EMAC Officers

EMAC CHAIR
Edward T. Ventura, Jr.
venturaomaha@gmail.com

EMAC VICE-CHAIR
Nora Lenz
nlenz@lps.org

SECRETARY
Paula Aguirre
paquirre1090@yahoo.com
paula.aquirre@ops.org

AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKA NATIVE REPRESENTATIVE
Robert Stoner
rjstoner218@gmail.com

AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKA NATIVE REPRESENTATIVE
VACANT

ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER REPRESENTATIVE
Kristy Lee
kristyalee@hotmail.com

ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER REPRESENTATIVE
Travis Vo
ttvo96@gmail.com
vo.travis@westside66.net
 

BLACK REPRESENTATIVE
Halley Taylor
halleyetaylor@gmail.com
halley.taylor@ops.org
 

BLACK REPRESENTATIVE
VACANT

HISPANIC REPRESENTATIVE
Gabriel Gutierrez
gabrielgutierrez1991@gmail.com
gabriel.gutierrez@ops.org

HISPANIC REPRESENTATIVE
Liz Carranza
ecarrod55@gmail.com
ecarran@lps.org

NSEA ORGANIZATIONAL SPECIALIST
Isau Metes
isau.metes@nsea.org

NSEA ORGANIZATIONAL SPECIALIST
Carol Hicks
carol.hicks@nsea.org

NSEA STAFF ASSOCIATE
Rebecca Smith
rebecca.smith@nsea.org

NSEA PRESIDENT
Jenni Benson
jenni.benson@nsea.org

NSEA VICE-PRESIDENT
Paul Schulte
paul.schulte@nsea.org

NSEA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Maddie Fennell
maddie.fennell@nsea.org

NEA DIRECTOR
Linda Freye
lfreye@lps.org

NEA DIRECTOR
Tracy Hartman-Bradley
trhb1000@hotmail.com
tracy.hartman-bradley@ops.org

EMAC Bylaws
EMAC Meetings
  • Sept 21, 2019       NSEA, Lincoln

  • Nov 23, 2019        OEA, Omaha

  • Jan 28, 2020         via Zoom

  • Mar 7, 2020           NSEA, Lincoln

  • Apr 24, 2020         EMAC Annual meeting at DA, Lincoln

 

Minority Involvement Plan (3-1-g)
Travel and Expense Guidelines

Purpose

All ethnic minority NSEA members are welcome and encouraged to apply for funding to attend national conferences that deal with minority issues. NSEA/EMAC is funded through Association dues money. The governance of NSEA and NSEA/EMAC has a responsibility to use the Association's resources in a prudent and efficient manner. The management of NSEA is accountable to the Association's membership for the stewardship of the organization's funds. To fulfill this responsibility, NSEA and NSEA/EMAC may request additional documentation where necessary to substantiate travel expenses, and to deny reimbursement for expenses which are outside the intent of the guidelines.

Frequency Limitation

Members are limited to one request per association year (or two requests if one request is to attend NEA's Representative Assembly as a delegate). Requests must be submitted no more than 90 days prior to the event and no less than 30 days prior to the event.

Application Process

The process to attend a conference with EMAC funding includes these steps:

  1. Apply to EMAC Chairperson by completing EMAC Travel Application and submitting information about the conference such as a registration form or brochure.
  2. Realize that EMAC funding is limited to $1,000 per request.
  3. Funding is limited to three members per event. If more than three members request funding for the same event, funding will be awarded to the first three members who have submitted requests.
  4. Attend all conference sessions/meetings. Failure to do so may result in the forfeiture of expense reimbursement.
  5. Submit voucher with receipts, and return any unused portion of any advanced funds.
  6. Submit written report to the EMAC Chairperson following the Conference. Failure to submit a written report may result in denial of future travel requests.

Vouchers

Vouchers are to be prepared and submitted within twenty (20) days of the last day of the event for which the expenses were incurred. Social security numbers must be included on the vouchers.

Vouchers are official documents. By placing one's signature on the voucher, an individual has attested that the expenses listed are a true and complete representation of actual costs incurred, and that they correspond to the events of the business trip.

Expenses for the following must be accompanied by a receipt: actual air transportation, hotel room, meals that are not provided at the conference, taxi expenses, airport shuttles, parking fees at the airport, and toll charges. Miscellaneous expenditures included on the voucher form also require a receipt.

Travel Regulations

All air travel, car rentals, and lodging must be approved in advance. Original receipts are required. If an item such as hotel or airfare has been direct billed to the NSEA, please indicate such on the voucher. Attach the bill and original passenger coupon (ticket receipt) to the voucher. If the member chooses to drive his/her own auto, he/she will be reimbursed at the lowest economical airfare or actual mileage, whichever is less.

Taxi and shuttle expenses should be reported and the purpose of the trip indicated on the voucher form. Taxi expenses incurred to dine at restaurants of choice will not be allowed where alternative dining of closer proximity is available.

Other business travel related expenses should be reported on the voucher. Attach receipts for skycaps, not to exceed $1/bag/day, and housekeeping tips, not to exceed $2/day.

Meals

Meals will be reimbursed at actual cost, including tax and gratuities. All meal expenses must be accompanied by a receipt.

When a group meal/banquet is provided as part of the conference, no reimbursement is allowed for other meals.

Travel Advances

Travel advances should be approximate anticipated out-of-pocket expenditures. An advance must be cleared upon return from the trip by submitting a travel expense voucher and remitting any unused monies within twenty (20) days of the last day of the event for which the expenses were incurred. An advance will not be issued if an earlier advance remains outstanding.

Advances which have not been cleared by the traveler, after reasonable efforts by the NSEA or NSEA/EMAC management to collect the documentation, will be reported to the Internal Revenue Service as a non-employee compensation on the Miscellaneous Income Tax Form 1099.

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