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project20/20

We pledge to uphold the vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to support all of our members, volunteers, and staff as well as the infants, toddlers, and students with exceptionalities and their families we serve, especially those differentially impacted by systemic racism.

What is project20/20?

This project is a three-year, outcomes-based project driven by all of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), from individual members to our various components (Divisions, Units, chapters, and caucuses). Through the project, we will reaffirm our commitment to social justice and equity while striving to create deliverables that each CEC group can  begin to apply over the next three years to help their groups reach the goals of the project.

    What are the project goals?

    The three main goals of project20/20 are to:

    1. Create a more diverse membership AND programs to support a more diverse membership (Diversity Leadership Program, Mentoring, Caucuses, etc)
    2. Promote equity and engagement  (volunteers, leaders, and participants in CEC professionally and scholarly activities, etc) by identifying and eliminating barriers that exist
    3. Provide education and programming to support special educators in serving diverse communities (Webinars, Synchronous Courses, Resources/Tools, Sessions at Conferences, etc)

    How to Participate

    Individual members can pledge their commitment to the project below. Taking the pledge means you will support CEC in implementing, when you can, the goals of the project and being a grassroots leader in helping CEC strive for a more equitable community.

     

    Take the Pledge View Your Colleagues' Pledges

    CEC’s various components (Divisions, Units, chapters, and caucuses) can pledge their commitment to the project, as well. Divisions, Units, and caucuses will also be given the opportunity to provide a volunteer to join a subgroup to work on deliverables towards one of the three goals above.

     

    Take the Pledge See Our Pledged Partners

    We, the undersigned, pledge to uphold the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to support all of our members, volunteers, staff, and the students with exceptionalities we serve.
     

    We pledge our commitment to ensuring that all of CEC is a welcoming place for members from underrepresented backgrounds. We pledge to work toward outreach to members who need the support CEC provides. And we pledge to create and support programs at all levels of CEC that support all members.
     

    We pledge our commitment to identifying and eliminating systemic barriers that prevent all members from equitably engaging with CEC. We pledge to ensure that all volunteer and leadership positions within all areas of CEC are representative of a diverse membership.
     

    We pledge to provide education and programming that support special educators in serving diverse communities. We pledge to provide support and training to address social justice, racism, and cultural competence. 
     

    We pledge to hold each other accountable as we strive toward these diversity, equity and inclusion goals. We pledge that each of us individually and as groups will make these goals our priority.

    Timeline

    As a three-year project, the key benchmarks of the project are identified below:

    Fall 2020 Pledge launched, volunteer subgroups formed
    2020-2021 Subgroups (one for each of the project goals)  identify deliverables and timelines
    2021 Subgroups create deliverable resources to assist CEC and its components in making progress toward goals
    Quarterly 2022  Each pledged group to provide updates on progress toward each goal
    2023+ CEC and groups strive toward a unified DEI Strategic Plan to ensure continued progress

    More Information

    This page will be updated as resources are created and will be the hub for tracking our progress. For more information on project20/20 and how you can be involved, please contact:

    Endia Lindo, Project Chair, e.lindo@tcu.edu
    Chad Rummel, Executive Director, crummel@exceptionalchildren.org

    Last Updated:  17 September, 2020

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