International Understanding Commission

The commission will:
  • Identify, review and recommend professional development and instructional resources for use in combating bias or discrimination while enhancing cultural competency.
  • Identify, review, recommend and support professional development and opportunities for students to learn about the educational policies, programs and practices of other countries/nations.
  • Assist in planning the association’s recognition of National Multicultural Diversity Day with emphasis on teaching and learning.
  • Delegate a representative to advise and assist in the planning of the Human Rights/Excellence Awards Banquet.
  • Manage the selection and award process for MEA Elizabeth Siddall Award, and submit a nomination for:  the NEA Applegate/Dorros Peace Award; and the David McMahon Award.
  • Explore future electronic newsletters.
2014-15 Charge:
To help ensure that the education of our students and the working environments of our members are of the highest quality.

To help develop local capacity by the identification and development of strategies and policies that build on our diversity, and cultural competency.

Commission Charge: To promote global understanding through respect for diversity interdependence, and leadership to improve teaching and learning for all people.
Start Date
2012 Maureen Eke (2015-RA-Reg 12)  
  Vacancy (2015-RA-Reg)  
2013 Nanci Love (2016-RA-Reg 17)  
2013 Mary Bouwense (2016-RA-Reg 9)   
2011 Debi Rasmussen (2017-RA-Reg 8) Vice Chair
2014 Pamela Seales (2017-RA-Reg 9)  
2014 Vacancy (2016-BD-Reg)  
2009 Therese Lake (2015-BD-Reg 8)  
2010 Deborah Rickert (2016-BD-Reg 12)  
2009 Michelle Chase (2015-BdM-Reg 14) Chair
2014 Marti Alvarez (2017-BdM-Reg 15)  
2011 Dawn Pierz (2015-BdM-Reg 2)  
2014 Doug Hill (2016-NEA Director)  
2013 Harold Bragg (2016-MEA-Retired)  
2014 Brianna Bolton (2015-SMEA)  
2013 Marcia Mackey (2015-MAHE)  
Staff Liaison  Melissa Sortman