Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus

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Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus

Are you ready to get more involved in leading for increased equity and opportunity? Take part in state-level dialogue and action improving the academic achievement of the students you serve. Membership in the Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus is open to all school board members interested in doing more to meet and address the specific educational needs of students of color in their communities.

School board members are teachers, business executives, parents, retirees… you name it. But the one thing we all have in common is our dedication to improve the educational success of each and every student in public schools. The more caucus members we have involved, informed and prepared to lead on inequities and disparities, the bigger impact we can all make.

If so, we encourage you to become a caucus member and begin to advocate on behalf of your community. Members of the HNAIC work to inform the discussion about closing opportunity and achievement gaps for Native American and Hispanic students that attend district public schools in Arizona.

Membership

There are several ways to become active with the caucus:

Regular Membership is open to any elected or appointed member of a public board of education in Arizona that is an active member of ASBA. The annual membership fee for individual board members is $25. Full boards may join for $100/year.

Associate Memberships are open to district-level staff from ASBA member districts ($25/year).

Friends of the Caucus Memberships are open to other individuals interested in supporting the work of the caucus ($25/year).

Honorary Membership is conferred and discretionary.

Member Benefits

The purpose of the HNAIC is to:
  • To promote quality education for all students, focusing on the needs of Hispanic and Native American students.
  • To promote positive relationships among Hispanic and Native American school boards, members of their communities, political leaders and ASBA.
  • To promote legislation to improve educational opportunities for Hispanic, Native American and other students of color in public schools.
  • To promote positive representation of Hispanic and Native American board members in ASBA.

Bylaws

Read more about the rules under which the caucus operates.

Download HNAIC Bylaws

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HNAIC Officers

Desiree Fowler
President, Page USD
Leroy Shingoitewa
VP-Native, Northern Arizona Technological Institute of Vocational Education 
Eva Carillo Dong
VP Hispanic, Sunnyside USD
Myron Tsosie
Treasurer, Chinle USD
Juan Buendia
Secretary, Baboquivari USD
Patrick Morales
Past President, Tempe ESD
Cesar Aguilar
Reg. Dir. I, Balsz ESD
Vacant
Reg. Dir. II
Wanda Begay
Reg. Dir. III, Ganado USD

 

Annual Business Meeting and Election of Officers for 2021-2022

The ASBA Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus (HNAIC) will hold its Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at 5 p.m. via Zoom.

Caucus officers for 2021-2022 will be elected at the meeting.

Click here for a meeting agenda as well as the slate of candidates (with candidate statements) from the HNAIC Nominating Committee based on applications received from interested caucus members.

 The slate is:

  • President: Eva Carillo Dong, Sunnyside USD
  • Vice President – Native American: Juan Buendia, Baboquivari USD
  • Vice President – Hispanic: Cesar Aguilar, Balsz ESD

No applications were received for treasurer or secretary. Eligible caucus members may run from the floor for those positions at the meeting. Per HNAIC bylaws, those who run must, at the time of election:

  • Be a currently serving school district governing board member.
  • A paid member of the HNAIC.
  • In good standing with ASBA.

If elected, the individual must be serving on their board throughout their term (2021 and 2022) to hold the office.

 The HNAIC Annual Business Meeting is open to all ASBA members. Per HNAIC bylaws, only paid, voting members of the HNAIC may vote. (Not sure if you’re a paid member? Contact Jolene Hale at jhale@azsba.org)

Expectations of HNAIC Officers

Officers are expected to attend all regular HNAIC membership meetings and monthly meetings of the HNAIC officer team.

The HNAIC president serves on the ASBA Board of Directors and is expected to attend all regular meeting of that board, as well as the annual retreat. As a member of the ASBA board, the HNAIC president is also encouraged to attend ASBA workshops, conferences and events to represent the caucus. The HNAIC president receives complimentary registration to ASBA events.

Additional Information

Voice at the Table
Watch a video about ASBA’s HNAIC.

Become an ASBA HNAIC Member
Sign up for an ASBA HNAIC Membership.

Lead and Learn for Change
Caucus members receive the opportunity to consider best practices and advocate for change to improve educational opportunities for Native American and Hispanic students and other minorities in public schools.

Networking Opportunities and Meetings
Caucus members get the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with other school board members and state leaders. Members share dialogue on educational problems, issues and concerns in conjunction with ASBA. The president of HNAIC also serves on the ASBA Board of Directors and the ASBA Equity Committee.

Professional Development and Educational Resources
Despite some significant academic gains over the years, serious achievement gaps persist among many of our students. The caucuses contribute to the development of professional and leadership development opportunities throughout the year.

Additional Information

Voice at the Table
Watch a video about ASBA’s HNAIC.

Become an ASBA HNAIC Member
Sign up for an ASBA HNAIC Membership.

Lead and Learn for Change
Caucus members receive the opportunity to consider best practices and advocate for change to improve educational opportunities for Native American and Hispanic students and other minorities in public schools.

Networking Opportunities and Meetings
Caucus members get the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with other school board members and state leaders. Members share dialogue on educational problems, issues and concerns in conjunction with ASBA. The president of HNAIC also serves on the ASBA Board of Directors and the ASBA Equity Committee.

Professional Development and Educational Resources
Despite some significant academic gains over the years, serious achievement gaps persist among many of our students. The caucuses contribute to the development of professional and leadership development opportunities throughout the year.