Do you know an outstanding educator whose racial and/or social justice activism has had a positive impact on the lives of their students, school community or fellow educators?

Honor their efforts and share their work with a wider audience by nominating them for NEA’s 2019 Social Justice Activist Award!

Find out more about eligibility criteria and the nomination and selection process.

Finalists receive the opportunity to attend and be recognized at NEA’s Conference on Racial and Social Justice, held this year in Houston, Texas.

Important Dates

  • Nominations Close: April 30, 2019
  • Online Voting: May 6-May 30, 2019
  • NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice: July 1-2 2019, George R. Brown Convention Center,  Houston, TX

Every day, educators take extraordinary action to show leadership on social justice issues in and out of the classroom. That’s because education advocacy and social justice advocacy go hand in hand –especially now, as an increasingly diverse kaleidoscope of students and educators must feel safe and welcome in our public schools.

The 2019 social justice activist award will be presented to the exceptional effort that demonstrates the ability to lead, organize and engage educators, parents, and the community to advocate on social and/or racial justice issues that impact the lives of students, fellow educators and the communities they serve.

Before submitting a nomination please take a look at the Social Justice Activist of the Year nomination checklist below

A completed Social Justice Activist of the Year nomination submission may include the following items:

  • A detailed description of activism (required)
    • Up to 4 pages double-spaced or 2 pages single-spaced
  • A nominee personal bio and statement (required)
    • Up to 2 pages double spaced or 1 page single spaced
  • Nominee photo (required)
  • Letters of recommendation (optional)
    • Up to 3, must typewritten unless submitted by a student
  • Additional supporting materials (optional)
    • News clippings, flyers, resume, videos, etc.

View the complete eligibility and nomination guidelines here

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Step 1 of 3

  • Nominee Information

    Must be an NEA member to be considered.
  • If chosen, will this nominee be available to attend the 2019 NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice and the 2019 NEA Representative Assembly to accept his or her award?
Eligibility and Nomination Guidelines
To nominate someone for NEA’s Social Justice Activist of the Year Award, please read these rules in their entirety before submitting the nomination form.
To facilitate our verification, please be sure to include the membership ID or last four digits of the Social Security Number of the nominee.
  • NEA accepts nominations without regard to race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin
  • All NEA members, regardless of member or job classification, of an NEA state/local affiliate or bargaining unit who have been members for 2 years as of January 15, 2019 are eligible. Nominees must be an “active” member at the time of nomination
  • Association staff (National, state or local) are not eligible for nomination.
Nomination Criteria – Nominations that do not meet these criteria may not be considered
  • Nominations will be accepted from NEA members, state or local affiliates, or recognized caucus
  • Any NEA member, state or local affiliate can nominate an individual member or team of up to three members for the award.
  • Nominees should be the principle organizer(s) of a campaign or social and/or racial justice action
  • Nominees should demonstrate engagement in social and/or racial justice activism with members, parents, community and/or community stakeholders and partners on issues such as:
    • Immigration Justice
    • School Discipline/School to Prison Pipeline
    • Equity & Opportunity in Education
    • Racial Justice
    • Positive School Climate
Selection and Voting
  • The Selection Committee will review all nominations to ensure that eligibility and submission requirements are met.
  • The Selection Committee will identify the top nominations (up to five). The top nominations will be announced as finalists and posted online at which time online voting begins.
  • Educators and public education allies and partners are permitted to vote.
  • The finalist with the most votes by the deadline will be announced as the award winner at the NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice.