- exchange ideas,
- serve as a resource for members, the educational community and the general public,
- and support activities that promote the learning and advancement of students and teachers of color.
Any Latinx educator, like-minded educator, or pre-service educator who is a member of NCTE is invited to join us.
The Latinx Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) was founded in 1966 as the Chicano Teachers of English Caucus by Felipe (Phillip) de Ortego y Gasca. Early leaders from the 60’s and 70’s include Carlota Cárdenas de Dwyer, Roseann Dueña González, Jose Carrasco, Kris Gutierrez, Tino Villanueva, Donald Castro, and Ralph Castillo. The Caucus was formed as a result of the underrepresentation of Chicanxs on NCTE and CCCC Convention programs, the insensitive and inaccurate representation of Chicanxs in publications, and the failure of journals and academic presses to publish Chicanx and other Latinx scholarly works. Later in the 80s and 90s, scholars and teachers such as Victor Villanueva, Juan Guerra, Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés, and Jaime Mejía worked to address Latinx issues in the field of rhetoric and composition.
Members of the Caucus span the NCTE/CCCC educational spectrum. We are scholars, teachers, and administrators from K-12 to post-secondary. Some of us are policy leaders. We are committed to enhancing the academic achievement of Latinx students and the professional well-being of our membership. The Caucus serves as a resource and network for members, the educational community, policy leaders, the general public, and those interested in supporting activities to promote the learning and advancement of Latinxs.
The purpose of the Caucus is to develop and maintain a network of language arts educators who, in the interest of the success of Latinx students, teachers, and scholars will, among other things:
- advocate for functional curricula, effective training, balanced teaching, and equitable assessment and rewards;
- recruit Latinxs to NCTE and CCCC;
- educate members about the structure, policies, and practices of NCTE and CCCC;
- and seek full, active participation of Latinxs in the organization and profession.
Cruz Medina, CCCC Caucus Co-Chair
Iris Ruiz, CCCC Caucus Co-Chair
Tracey Flores, NCTE Caucus Co-Chair
Marilisa Jiménez García, NCTE Caucus Co-Chair
Ana Milena Ribero, Treasurer
Alexandra Hidalgo, Website Team Leader and Listserv Manager
Les Hutchinson, Website Team Member