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Call for Committee Members: DEC Inclusion, Equity, & Social Justice (IESJ) Committee

Open: May 10th, 2024 - June 15th, 2024

The Inclusion, Equity, & Social Justice Committee (IESJ) is seeking new members. Join like-minded DEC members charged with supporting inclusion, equity, and social justice (IESJ) work.

The charge of the DEC Inclusion, Equity & Social Justice Committee is to support DEC’s priority to create an inclusive, equitable, and just environment for all individuals associated with DEC, including members and partners. The IESJ Committee was created to ensure that all early intervention and early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) professionals, families, and children from diverse identities, backgrounds, lifestyles, values, and beliefs are included in the events, policies, recommendations, and practices put forth by DEC. The IESJ committee supports DEC’s overall inclusion, equity, & social justice priorities and policies. The committee seeks individuals willing to center racial equity, fight against ableism, and represent diverse identities.

Members representative of the diversity of DEC membership are encouraged to apply, including race, ethnicity, culture, language, dialect, age, ability, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion/spirituality, and national origin. We seek representation of geography, organizations, agencies, universities, and experience. We seek members representing all member categories (practitioners, family members, higher education faculty, etc.). Applicants should be knowledgeable about the DEC Mission and Policies (including the Priority Issues Agenda), and Racial Equity Point of View. Individuals will be required to be current DEC members or to join DEC as members of this committee.

What is the DEC IESJ Committee?

Committees work under the Executive Office to carry out the formal work of DEC. The DEC IESJ Committee functions as a necessary and significant arm of the DEC Executive Office. DEC’s Committees are officially recognized bodies of DEC members supported by the DEC Executive Office and are liaised by the DEC Executive Board members. Committees reflect the formal positions of DEC and participate in developing, maintaining, and evolving strategies and initiatives that are critical and central to supporting DEC’s mission and beliefs. The DEC IESJ Committee is a volunteer body of DEC members in good standing. Its members provide strategic direction and proposed recommendations for DEC’s inclusion, equity, and social justice priorities. Members of the IESJ Committee are not considered members of the DEC Executive Board, and all IESJ Committee members must be DEC Members in good standing.

Benefits of Becoming a Committee Member

Committee Member Qualifications and Expectations

When can I join the IESJ Committee? When will I be selected?



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