is the National Black Staff Network?
National Black Staff Network herein also called the NBSN, is an
organization comprised of individuals that are of African American
descent, employed by the National Education Association (NEA), a state
affiliate, or a local option affiliate. The categories of membership
are associate, professional and retired.
NBSN is organized to: promote networking among African-American staff,
provide a vehicle for sharing ideas and goals, and, to promote continued
learning and opportunities within as well as outside of the Association
environment. More importantly, the NBSN is a forum to meet and share
African-American culture and provide a multi-faceted support system.
1985, during a national NEA conference, a few African-American Staff
attendees assembled informally to network. Subsequently, each year, the
network grew in numbers. These informal meetings evolved into a formal
organization and conference. In 2001, the organization became official
by establishing a constitution and bylaws, electing officers and board
of directors, recommending dues, devising a communications vehicle and
setting an annual meeting, thus the NBSN Conference.
Do We Do?
NBSN sponsors a national conference of the membership the last weekend
in February unless pre-determined by the membership by majority vote.
The conference affords many opportunities to network, collaborate and
meet colleagues from across the nation. In addition, workshop sessions,
keynote speakers and other educational forums focusing on issues
relative to African American staff are offered.
of the NBSN
NBSN is governed by its Annual Business Meeting. The Annual Meeting
serves as the legislative and policy-making body of the organization.
There are seven members of the Board consisting of four elected
officers and three elected members at-large. The officers of NBSN are
President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. All duly elected
officers serve two-year terms. There is an identified state contact for
each affiliate to provide on-going communications to the members.
You become a part of an
extensive national network that provides a vehicle for communication,
mutual support professionally, personally and spiritually. The NBSN
maintains a website and communicates regularly with members through
e-mail and other methods.
Is Eligible to Join?
Membership is open to African-American employees (current and retired)
of the NEA, its affiliates and other individuals belonging to a category
of people determined eligible by the membership as a whole.
Involvement of our Members
NBSN has committees that
operate throughout the year, appointments are made by the president.