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Former Arizona teacher named Senior Director of NEA’s Center for Social Justice

Rocío Inclán to lead Center to address social, racial and economic justice issues in education

WASHINGTON - October 20, 2016 -

Rocío Inclán has been appointed Senior Director of the National Education Association’s new Center for Social Justice by NEA Executive Director John C. Stocks. The Center will focus on addressing social, racial, and economic justice issues in public education.

“Rocío Inclan is uniquely positioned to lead the Association’s important advocacy work to help create great public schools for all students regardless of the ZIP code in which they live,” said NEA Executive Director John C. Stocks. “The challenges our students, educators, and schools face are unprecedented, making the work of the Center central to the success of today’s students and educators.”

A native of Mexico, Rocío realized her family’s belief that education is the key to a better life in America. She earned her bachelor’s degree in bilingual education from Arizona State University and taught the same topic for several years at Heard Elementary School in the Phoenix School District. After earning a master’s degree in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University, she went on to become an administrator in the Isaac School District in Phoenix, Arizona. She later worked at the National Association of Bilingual Education, on assessments, curriculum, and professional development for English Language Learner educators.

Immediately prior to her new appointment, Rocío led the NEA Human and Civil Rights Department, furthering the Association’s long and robust history of social justice activism. She played a vital role in shining a spotlight on the impact our nation’s broken immigration system has on students and families—and activated our Association and its members to advocate on their behalf. Her work also focused on addressing institutional racism; protecting the human and civil rights of LGBTQ students; ending the school-to-prison pipeline; and advocating on behalf of English language learners, students of color, and women.

With Rocío at the helm, affirmed Stocks, “educators and students can feel confident that the NEA Center for Social Justice will further the activism and advocacy of our members, community partners, and other education stakeholders on behalf of our nation’s schools and communities.”

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