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2021 Virtual Leadership Conference 

Open to All Members


Dates: August 4 - 6, 2021
Healthy, Healing, Racially Just Schools 

This year’s Leadership Conference will challenge members to envision a physical return to campus that is transformative for our students and communities – not a return to the status quo. As we move into contract bargaining in 2022, we will use this year’s Leadership Conference to launch a process to identify bargaining priorities and begin organizing to build the power to win our demands. All UTLA members are invited to register and attend.  

As the second largest union local in the nation, what happens at UTLA reverberates across the nation. Let's continue the movement — August 4–6 — as we work together to physically return to healthy, healing, racially just schools!



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Wednesday, August 4th

General Session I

3:30 PM – 4:40 PM


Zoom Party

4:45 PM – 7:00 PM

Thursday, August 5th

Core Training by Area

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM


General Session II

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM



1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Friday, August 6th

General Session III

8:55 AM – 10:20 AM


Area Meetings

10:25 AM – 12:25 PM



1:30 PM – 2:30 PM


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Uplifting the health, safety and well-being of our members, students, and communities

Dates: Aug. 5-7, 2020


Over three days, we will strategize and organize as we recognize our responsibility in this unique moment to rise together for the safety, health, and well-being of our students and communities.

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FAQs + Agenda
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Who can attend the conference?
This year the conference is open to all UTLA members. We especially encourage all chapter leaders and CAT members to attend.

What is the conference agenda?
Here’s a quick breakdown for the three days:

  • On Wednesday at 3:30 pm, UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz will deliver her first State of the Union address, followed by a virtual DJ party at the Member Reception.
  •  Thursday will begin with Core Trainings from 9 am to 11 am, followed by a panel discussion from 11:15 am to 1 pm with activists who have been leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement long before it was a global phenomenon.
  • On Friday at 9 am, Dr. Bettina Love will deliver the keynote address on how we acknowledge with honesty the institutional racism in education and embrace a revisioning of pedagogy and practice to improve educational opportunities for Black students. At 10 am the UTLA officers will address the conference, and then participants will break into groups for the UTLA Area meetings from 10:30 am to noon.

Can nonmembers participate in the conference?
Many of the sessions are for members only, but the State of the Union address on Wednesday and the Black Lives Matter panel on Thursday will be streamed live on Facebook and Instagram.
Where can I get more info?
Questions can be sent to