Thank You Letter to CEC from Our Caucus

Hi Everyone!

I hope this email finds you all healthy. In this, possibly the most interesting point in our nation’s history in decades, it would come as no surprise to me that you may have many concerns about the fall and what “school” will look like in the months ahead. I wish I could console you all, but that’s not something within the power of any of us these days. I do want, however, to remind you that we are here and we’re rooting for all of you, your families, and your students no matter how things go moving forward.

This email, while additionally hoping to remind you of the community you have with us, does have a different purpose. I have had on my to-do list since February to write a thank you letter to CEC’s staff and board of directors for the wonderful reception with which they provided us in Portland. Like everyone else, my life has been chaotic for the past few months, but a thank you note will come as a welcome gift regardless of when it arrives.

In case there are those among us who need a bit of a refresher on the context of this letter, let me do that here. In 2019 the CEC National Conference was held in Indianapolis and one of its main sponsors was Southern Nazarene University, an institution that blatantly discriminates against LGBTQ+ people under the guise of following God’s will. We, the LGBTQ+ Caucus of Special Educators garnered support from a variety of divisions and other caucuses within CEC and requested a revamping of the sponsorship process and other areas that we felt were leading us to feel less included in CEC because of our sexual and gender orientations. They responded exceptionally well, and really rolled out the red carpet for us in Portland.

Please find attached a copy of the letter that I will be sending in the next few minutes to CEC Headquarters. If you have any questions or comments, I welcome hearing from you. If our LGBTQ+ family can be of support in other ways, please drop me a line and I’ll try to be of assistance to you.

Enjoy whatever precious moments of summer break you have left, and I wish you a renewed spirit as you take on the challenges to come.

In solidarity,
Bryan Cichy-Parker

2020-07-22 LGBTQ Caucus to CEC Thank You

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