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T A L I N E A R S E N I A N H A S served in many capacities to bring awareness and recognition to the Armenian Genocide. As a middle school teacher, she helped create a tolerance committee that promoted universal human rights and genocide awareness. She helped establish a districtwide committee that oversees such events as annual Armenian Genocide assemblies in schools, and facilitated educator collaboration to curate related student programs. Arsenian worked with the Glendale Unified school board on a resolution recognizing April 24 as a district holiday in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. She guided the district's training of all secondary social studies teachers in related curriculum and primary source material. She has played a significant role in developing her district's restorative practices team, which focuses on com- munity building, communication and conflict resolution to build relationships among all students. She also worked to make sure safe space stickers were in all classrooms and created a local event called GlendaleOUT, a collaboration between LGBTQ+ artists and students in the community. B A Y L I N D I C K I N S O N H A S engaged in struggles for intersectional human rights throughout her career as an educator, school leader and union activist. She consistently advocates for members of color to be represented in lead- ership positions at her local and within CTA and has worked with Student CTA to encourage the next generation. In response to a co-worker facing discrimination based on sexual orientation, Dickinson organized to bring LGBTQ- a™irming professional development to her school. Her advocacy created a workplace in which human rights are now more respected, making the school safer for all. As human rights advocacy coordinator on UTLA's Equity Team, she promoted human rights within her local and CTA. She led the team's charge to create presentations on courageous conversations about race in response to the continued murders of unarmed Black men by police o™icers. As human rights chair, Dickinson promoted anti-racist teaching practices and Black Lives Matter at School. She leads the "Let Young People Vote" campaign at her school and teaches students about voting rights. Taline K. Arsenian Glendale Teachers Association CTA PEACE AND JUSTICE HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD Baylin Dickinson United Teachers Los Angeles CTA MEMBER HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD San Gorgonio Service Center Council, or "San G," fights for social justice and cul- tural equity in Region IV and beyond through its annual Fall Leadership Conference, with sessions on advocating for social justice, and the Social Justice and Cultural Equity Conference. The latter provides information and guidance on topics such as establishing equity teams in locals, culturally sensitive teaching practices, leader recruitment and development, and practical strategies to examine sensitive topics with members. San Gorgonio supports local communities by contributing to the Esperanza Project, which promotes wellness among at-risk populations; participating in Pride Weekend; sponsoring toiletry drives; and working with the local NAACP chapter. The SCC also sponsors a student art contest with a di™erent ethnic theme each year, and awards scholarships to winners. San G includes Student CTA in all its events. It has pledged a portion of its annual budget to Student CTA members, who often come from underrepresented ethnic groups. San Gorgonio continues to work toward promoting the establishment of equity teams in each of its chapters, and providing seminars and workshops to foster their development and e™icacy. San Gorgonio Service Center Council CTA SERVICE CENTER COUNCIL HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD 53 A P R I L / M AY 2 0 21

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