Ethnic Minority Affairs Conference

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Welcome to the 2023 Johnella H. Martin Ethnic Minority Affairs Conference!


This year's EMAC Conference will take place March 24-25, 2023, at the Marriott Memphis East at 5795 Poplar Avenue Memphis, Tennessee 38119. The conference theme is Educators Converge: The Superpower of United Voices.


The cost is $65.00 for TEA members, $115.00 for non-members for the full conference and $70.00 for non-members attending on Saturday only. You must register and proceed to payment to complete registration (you can proceed with your email address as "guest" if you do not have a PayPal account). Please remember to make your hotel reservation separately using the link below. If you are not a TEA member or are having trouble logging in using your member ID, please use the PayPal payment option above and the fillable PDF form below to complete registration. Please contact Letesa Evans with any questions. 






Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Melissa Collins - Dr. Collins is the 2022-2023 Tennessee Teacher of the Year and a long-time TEA member. She will serve as keynote speaker for the Friday evening banquet.

  • Dr. Andre E. Johnson - Dr. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies in the Department of Communication and Film and holds a University Research Professorship at the University of Memphis. He will serve as keynote speaker at the closing lunch on Saturday.


Conference Highlights: 

  • The conference will be held at the Marriott Memphis East, located at 5795 Poplar Ave.

  • Please dress to reflect your ethnicity for the Friday evening banquet!

  • Saturday will include three breakout sessions and a closing lunch.

    • Building Belonging – this session will discuss how schools can use their physical environment as a tool for building belonging and how they can partner with students to promote inclusivity for all.

    • Leading With Self-Awareness – participants will learn how being self-aware can positively impact the growth of an organization. They will create a self-awareness plan.

    • Teacher Burnout: Tricks and Tips on Improving Work Life Balance – this session will equip  participants with valuable tools and tips to decrease or negate stress, anxiety, and teacher burnout.   The speaker for our Closing Luncheon will be Dr. Andre Johnson, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies in the Department of Communication and Film at the University of Memphis.


Friday, March 24, 2023


4:00 PM – 8:00 p.m.        Registration – Pre-Function Area


7:00 p.m.                         Conference Banquet

Keynote Speaker:            Dr. Melissa Collins

                                         2022-2023 Tennessee Teacher of the Year


Immediately following the Conference Banquet:



Saturday, March 25, 2023


8:00 – 8:55 a. m.              Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.             Workshops – Session I

10:15 – 10:25                   Networking

10:25 – 11:40 a.m.           Workshops – Session II (Repeats Session I)

11:40 – 11:50                   Networking

11:50 – 1:05 p.m.             Workshops – Session III (Repeats Session II)

1:05 – 2:30 p.m.               LUNCHEON:         


SPEAKER:                       Dr. Andre E. Johnson

                                         Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies

                                         Department of Communication and Film

                                         University of Memphis


Closing Activities:  Door Prizes – Evaluations