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AAEA members meet with RPS leaders, discuss diversity

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Rockford teachers band together to improve District 205's diversity in the workplace.

Representatives from the African American Educators Alliance, or AAEA,  sit down with Rockford School District Human Resource administrators this afternoon. Their wish is to discuss the ways the district hires, and keeps, minority employees.

"So we did discuss some recruiting opportunities, different pipelines that we might be able to create," says Chief  Human Resource Officer Angel Contreras.

This isn't the first time the school district has sat down with local ethnic group representatives, but it is however, the first time they have met the AAEA.  "It looks like they were created about a year ago, and so they're fairly new, and they're trying to establish a relationship with the district, specifically human resources because we are looking at again diversity in our recruitment efforts," says Contreras. "And so we're trying to work with as many affinity groups as we possibly can because we do know there's a great opportunity to make our workforce more diverse and accurately reflect, more better reflect the community around us."

As a relatively new group, none of the AAEA members are ready to go on camera to share their mission. But one representative did explain his wish to see what he calls, fairer treatment of African American teachers within the district.  

Contreras says, "They had some valuable input. I think we'll continue to get some of their feedback and see what we can establish moving forward, set up some diverse foundations."

The African American Educators Alliance hopes to have more meetings with school district leaders in the future, although no dates have been set up.

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