Since joining the Caucus in 2017, this was my first Conference, it was very enlightening. The CWA National Minority Caucus was formed in 1971 to lead the push for greater education and training opportunities. It was built upon the principles established by the CWA Black Caucus and the National Black Communications Coalition (NBCC) to end racism and sexism.
The CWA National Minority Caucus was formed because female workers and people of color constituted a large percentage of our Union and the top positions of CWA did not resemble the membership. I joined the Minority Caucus because I believe that it is important to have a diverse leadership team filled with men and women of all backgrounds and ethnicities.
It was a great pleasure to meet the many men and women of color who started the Minority Caucus. This conference consisted of numerous workshops that addressed many of the medical issues people of color deal with today such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and certain types of cancer. We dealt with issues of mental health, addiction and ways to seek help. We touched on details from the Americans with Disabilities Act and Family Medical Leave Act. In order to be here to represent the membership we need to take care of ourselves as well. We also had workshops on handling racial issues and conversations in the workplace.
I was very pleased with the workshops that were provided. I would like more conversation within the membership of the Minority Caucus during the year before the conference. I did provide that feedback on the survey at the end of the conference.
When I joined CWA in 2005, I never dreamed a black girl from Virginia could make a difference. Now I know it’s not only possible, it’s my obligation.