Pat Payne is director of the Indianapolis Public Schools Crispus Attucks Center which comprises the Office of Multicultural Education and the Crispus Attucks Museum. She came to IPS in 1962 as an elementary classroom teacher and served in that position until 1987 when she was appointed to create the IPS Center and become its director. The state-of-the-art African/African American History museum opened in 1998.
Pat chaired the National Education Association’s Black Caucus and co-chaired the NEA Minority Affairs Committee. She has served as a member of the NEA Civil Rights Committee, the NEA Board of Directors, the NEA Instruction and Professional Development Committee and was the NEA representative on the National Teachers Exam Policy Council. She represented the National Education Association at a meeting with South African teachers in Botswana; was the NEA representative at an international meeting of teacher leaders in Switzerland; and, was keynote speaker for the Martin Luther King, Jr. observance and facilitated diversity workshops for teachers in Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska.
Pat has presented at numerous conferences, programs, school districts including Palm Beach County, the National Association for Multicultural Education, National Alliance of Black School Educators, Indiana Commission on Civil Rights, University of Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Central State University Institute of Urban Education, Butler University’s Diversity Initiative Group, Indiana Consortium of State & Local Human Rights Agencies, to name a few. Additionally, she taught ‘Teaching in a Pluralistic Society’ at Indiana University -Purdue University at Indianapolis and is a certified trainer for the REACH (Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage) diversity program. She is a diversity consultant for the Indiana State Museum, the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center and Central State University Institute of Urban Education.