A Statement of Solidarity Against Racism
The values of Michigan AEYC compel us to speak out against racism. Our core values are deeply rooted in the early childhood profession. We seek to be a high-performing inclusive organization that is enriched by and continually grows from our commitment to diversity, as embodied by our core beliefs. We vehemently condemn violence against black people and other people of color, and stand in solidarity with those speaking out for justice and change.
As much as we hope to be better, hope is not a strategy for change. Instead, we are committed to advancing racial equity through collective action. This involves exercising our power to change practices, rules, and norms within our organization that erode trust, put individuals in harm’s way or perpetuate discriminatory practices. This also involves supporting early childhood educators’ obligation to advance equity in the early learning settings by embracing diversity and inclusion as strengths, upholding fundamental principles of fairness and justice and working to eliminate structural inequities that limit equitable learning opportunities for children.
We recognize our past practices have not been sufficient and are committed to doing better. Michigan AEYC is taking the following actions and are committed to continual evaluation of these practices:
- Signing on in support of the NAEYC Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education Position Statement,
- Committing to using the statement to make decisions, develop strategic plans, priorities, and programming. (NAEYC Resources for Living the Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Position Statement)
- Reviewing our recruiting and outreach practices for our governing board and staff to ensure they are equitable and inclusive.
- Providing ongoing board and staff professional development to explore implicit bias and promote cultural awareness.
- Advocating for racial equity in policy and legislation.
Racial prejudice and discrimination have been an issue in our world for far too long. We are listening and want to learn from each of you who root your identities in communities of color about how we can do better. We see you, we are here for you, and we are ready to learn with open hearts and minds. Please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com, or by calling 517-351-4183 X313.
Current Governing Board Members
President (2020-2022): Casey Sterle
Past President (2020-2021): Laurie Linscott
Vice President (2020-2022): Michelle Burkhard
Secretary (2020-2022): Annie McCutchen
Treasurer (2019-2021): Heather Lucas
Student Member-at-Large (2019-2021)- Jenna Craven
Central Chapter Member-at-Large (2020-2022): Michelle Stevens
Eastern Chapter Member-at-Large (2020-2022): Jackie Ellrich
Northern Chapter Member-at-Large (2019-2021): Jennifer Ray
Southern Chapter Member-at-Large (2020-2022): Peretz Hirshbein
Southeastern Chapter Member-at-Large (2019-2021): Beth Pierson
Southwestern Chapter Member-at-Large (2019-2021): Christine Whitmire
Upper Peninsula Chapter Member-at-Large (2020-2022): Tammra Barteld
Western Chapter Member-at-Large (2019-2021): Tonya Clevenger