Arizona Alliance of Black
Delisa Saunders is the Deputy Director of the Human Rights/Community Relations department at the American Federation of Teachers where she directs the national work that impacts communities of color, working families, women, the LGBT community and young people. Delisa also created Faith in Action, a national program that engages the faith community with public education, civil rights and social justice issues.
Before joining the AFT, Delisa was the senior deputy field director and the former communications director at People For the American Way where she managed public education campaigns, mobilized communities, organized religious leaders and was instrumental in developing the nation’s first Election Protection program.
Delisa was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She earned her Bachelors degree from Brown University, her Masters degree from Cornell University and her Doctorate from Howard University. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.