Alma Adams

Alma Adams

Summary

Current Position: US Representative for District 12 since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 US Representative

Representative Adams serves on the Committee on Financial Services; Committee on Education & Labor and the Committee on Agriculture. She holds several leadership roles as Chairwoman of the Committee on Education & Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections and Vice Chairwoman to the Committee on Agriculture. Congresswoman Adams serves on the Workforce Protections and Higher Education and Workforce Investment (Committee on Education and Labor); Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations (Committee on Agriculture); Diversity and Inclusion (Committee on Financial Services).

One of her outstanding legislative accomplishments is the enactment of H.R. 5363, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act that permanently provides funding totaling $255 million a year for all Minority-Serving Institutions, including $85 million for HBCUs.

Source: Government page

About

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Dr. Alma S. Adams was elected to her third full term representing the 12th Congressional District of North Carolina on November 6, 2018. After winning a special election in November 2014, Congresswoman Adams was sworn in immediately as the 100th woman elected to the 113th Congress.

 

Representative Adams serves on the Committee on Financial Services; Committee on Education & Labor and the Committee on Agriculture. She holds several leadership roles as Chairwoman of the Committee on Education & Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections and Vice Chairwoman to the Committee on Agriculture. Congresswoman Adams serves on the Workforce Protections and Higher Education and Workforce Investment (Committee on Education and Labor); Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations (Committee on Agriculture); Diversity and Inclusion (Committee on Financial Services). One of her outstanding legislative accomplishments is the enactment of H.R. 5363, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act that permanently provides funding totaling $255 million a year for all Minority-Serving Institutions, including $85 million for HBCUs.

 

Representative Adams has previously served on the Joint Economic Committee and in several leadership positions including Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus, Vice Ranking Member of the Small Business Committee, and ranking member of the Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulation. The Congresswoman is a co-founder of the Black Maternal Health Caucus with Rep. Lauren Underwood of Illinois and the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus to promote bipartisan legislation that supports HBCUs and their graduates. Since its inception, the caucus has:

Coordinated the Diversity & Tech program, which fosters engagement, collaboration, and partnership between fortune 500 companies, government and industry leaders, and HBCUs.
Fostered additions to the Farm Bill, which includes 40 million dollars to HBCUs for scholarships, funding for newly established centers of excellence in agriculture, and additional funding for agricultural research and cooperative extension for 1890 land grant universities.
Established the annual HBCU Braintrust, which allows faculty, staff and students from historically black colleges to visit the nation’s capital to promote their institutions with government officials and corporate leaders.
She is also a part of the Women’s Caucus, Diabetes Caucus, Autism Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Progressive Education Caucus, Historic Preservation Caucus, AIDS/HIV Caucus, Hunger Caucus, Medicaid Expansion Caucus, and the Art Caucus.

 

Throughout her career, Representative Adams has promoted quality education for all students, spearheading numerous pieces of legislation to boost funds for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She has also introduced legislation to provide nutritious breakfast in schools and supports increased pay for teachers. For 40 years, Dr. Adams taught Art at Bennett College. While at Bennett, she led the effort to increase student civic participation coining the phrase “Bennett Belles are Voting Belles” and organizing annual marches to the polls. As a former educator, Rep. Adams has dedicated her career to improving the lives of young people and her community. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the North Carolina A&T State University Human Rights Medal, the highest award presented by her alma mater to an individual who fights against social injustice and helps improve the world.

 

In 1994, Dr. Adams was appointed by her peers to serve in the North Carolina House District 26 seat. She went on to serve ten terms in the state House. During her tenure, she rose to become the chair of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus and was instrumental in passing legislation that improved the climate for quality affordable health care in the state. Representative Adams also pioneered the Displaced Homemakers Bill and successfully spearheaded the state’s first minimum wage increase in nine years.

 

Before serving as a member of the North Carolina General Assembly, Congresswoman Adams served nine years on the Greensboro City Council. Throughout her service to the second district in Greensboro, Dr. Adams worked to create safe and affordable housing and for the revitalization of neighbors. She began her political career in the 1980’s by becoming the first African American woman ever elected to the Greensboro City School Board. It was then that she made a lifetime commitment to effecting social change in her community and beyond.

 

Congresswoman Adams has one daughter, Linda Jeanelle Lindsay, one son Billy E. Adams II, and four grandchildren: Joslyn Lindsay, Aaron Lindsay, Billy E. Adams III, and Miracle Sumner. Adams graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 1968 and received her master’s degree in Art Education in 1972. She earned her Ph.D. in Art Education and Multicultural Education from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1981.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Faculty
    Bennett College, Greensboro, N.C.
    1972 to 2012
  • Member
    Greensboro, N.C., School Board
    1984 to 1986
  • Member
    Greensboro, N.C., City Council
    1987 to 1994

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1946
Place of Birth: High Point, NC
Gender: Female
Religion: Christian: Baptist
Children: Linda Jeanelle Lindsay, Billy E. Adams

Contact

Email:

Offices

Washington D.C. Office
222 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3312
Phone: 202-225-1510
Fax: 202-225-1512

Charlotte District Office
801 E Morehead Street
Suite 150
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: 704-344-9950
Fax: 704-344-9971

Web

Government Page, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2018 US Senator for 12 District

Alma Adams (D)203,97473.1%
Paul Wright (R)75,16426.9%
TOTAL279,138

Finances

ADAMS, ALMA has run in 14 races for public office, winning 14 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $3,124,492.

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Committees

Committees

House Committee on Agriculture
House Committee on Education and Labor
House Committee on Financial Services

Subcommittees

Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations
Workforce Protections
Higher Education and Workforce Investment
Diversity and Inclusion

Voting Record

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New Legislation

Source: Congress.gov

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Standing up for Women

“I will always fight for a woman’s right to choose and the right to privacy. Reproductive issues are medical related issues and they should be kept private between a woman and her doctor.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams’ support for women’s reproductive rights is widely known throughout the district, the state and perhaps nationally. Alma has led the way as the key spokesperson in the NC General Assembly on this issue. She has been clear in all of her comments that women should make the choice about their body and that a woman cannot call herself free if she does not own and control her own body.

Now, more than ever, American households are relying on women for their primary source of income – and yet our country still pays women only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. While Congress took an important step in passing the Lilly Ledbetter Act, there is much more we need to do to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work. In Congress, Alma will fight to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to make it easier for women to know when they are being discriminated against and to prevent big corporations from retaliating against women who ask questions.

Improving Public Education

“As a retired educator I have seen first-hand the impact a great education can have on a young person’s life. I will always be a champion for public schools, our teachers, and our children.” – Alma Adams
Education has always been a top priority to Alma Adams. As a retired educator, Alma knows quality education opens up opportunities for anyone to live the American Dream. Alma has relentlessly fought against the reckless cuts to our public education system in North Carolina.

Alma Adams will always stand up and fight for our public schools. She knows a good public education is an American value, and she will work to provide a good public education for everyone.

Adams opposes any school voucher program. She will always fight for the public schools to get the funding they need and deserve so everyone can have access to a quality education.

Alma understands the challenges facing public education as well as anyone. She knows it is getting harder and harder for students to attend colleges and universities. In Congress, Alma will work to provide more scholarships and reduce the rates on student loans. She will also help reduce the debt for current and immediate past students who are struggling to pay off their loans.

Providing Affordable & Quality Healthcare

“Health insurance needs to be affordable and available for everyone, not just the wealthy. I will always fight to improve the access, level of care, and affordability of health care.” – Alma Adams
Everyone should have access to affordable, quality health care. The Affordable Care Act has moved us further in that direction. Alma Adams supports prohibiting insurance companies denying coverage for preexisting conditions. She also supports allowing children to remain on their parents’ insurance policy until the age of 26.

The focus on preventive care services is vital to improving our health as well as lowering medical bills. Alma encourages routine check-ups, and she supports a no-copay policy for regular preventative care services.

Preventative care for women is certainly important to Alma. She supports increasing access to women’s health clinics to provide mammograms, cervical screenings, other preventative services, and family planning.

Health insurance needs to be affordable and available for everyone. That’s why Alma supports government discounts for insurance based upon income. She also supports tax incentives for small businesses that provide coverage for their employees.

Strengthen Middle Class

“We must strengthen the middle class in order to build a stronger American economy.” – Alma Adams
Creating and retaining good paying jobs should be the primary focus in Congress. There are things we need to do in order to strengthen and protect the middle class right here in North Carolina.

We must invest in public education and job training programs so businesses can hire a skilled work force. We must also invest in our infrastructure which would put Americans back to work building highways, bridges, railways, and ports that are critical in a global economy.

Small businesses and the middle class are the backbone of our economy. They need the resources to compete. We need to give small businesses tax cuts so they can create jobs. They also need easier access to borrowing power so they can expand their businesses and invest in people.

Women and minorities need to be given more opportunities and resources to succeed in the business world.

Alma has always been a strong advocate for the middle class. A strong middle class means a stronger American economy. She supports giving more tax cuts to the middle class and raising the minimum wage – indexing it to the rate of inflation. By putting more money in the hands of hard working Americans, companies can sell more products, appliances, cars, and other items that will continue to spur our economic growth.

Protecting Seniors 

“We must keep our promise to our seniors in the form Medicare and Social Security. I’ll fight against any attempt to privatize Social Security or defund Medicare.” – Alma Adams
Keeping our promise to our seniors in the form of Medicare and Social Security should be a top priority. They have paid into these programs their entire working lives so we cannot raid the benefits which they have already earned.

In Congress, Alma Adams will be an outspoken advocate for protecting and funding Social Security and Medicare.

FIGHTING FOR EQUAL RIGHTS AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

“It’s time for Congress to act, restore the Voting Rights Act, and take action to prevent voter disenfranchisement. As your next Congresswoman, I will stand up to the extremists in the Republican Party to ensure civil rights are protected for everyone.” – Alma Adams
We must do more for civil rights pertaining to all minorities, women, and the LGBT community. Alma is a co-sponsor of the Equality Act in Congress, and strongly opposes House Bill 2.

The number one concern at the federal level is the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned critical sections of the Voting Rights Act.

Specifically Congress needs to rework section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 so that current section 5 (still existing) can be applicable. Section 4 sets out the criteria that was necessary for the Voting Rights Act to be implemented, and since changes have occurred in voting patterns since the act was implemented the criteria needs to be revisited and reworked.

Alma Adams will address the voter suppression efforts that have been rampant throughout our country as well. We need to ensure everyone has a chance to vote without fear or intimidation.

Giving Workers a Fair Chance 

“Throughout our history, America’s patriots have always put our country first – and have made this country the best place on earth to live, work, worship, and raise our families. It’s time we had that same patriotic spirit in our economy and our trade deals – so that American companies are encouraged to create jobs right here, rather than overseas.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams will oppose any unfair trade deals and will work to stop giving away high paying manufacturing jobs to foreign countries while our families here are struggling.

Adams will always ensure American workers are given a fair chance to succeed in today’s economy.

Protecting our Environment

We must protect our most precious resource, our environment, for future generations.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams received the highest grade of 100 from the League of Conservation Voters in their most recent legislative score card. Alma will always work to protect our land and water resources. We must do more to combat climate change. I’ll support investing in more renewable energy sources and green technology. We can even create new jobs while taking steps to protect our environment.

Reducing Poverty 

“The assault on the working class and the poor is appalling and it needs to stop. I will work hard every day to combat poverty. We must do more lift our fellow brothers and sisters up.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams will stand up to the Tea Party Republicans who want to cut unemployment benefits, food stamps, and other programs designed to help the poor and working families. These programs are a hand up not a hand out.

Alma will work to make available a quality education to everyone. A good education can lead to a good job and better opportunities to provide for families. Congress needs to increase the amount of need based scholarships. An affordable education provides the opportunity for everyone to have a chance to live the American Dream.

Over 16% of North Carolinians live below the poverty level, nearly two points higher than the national average. And in many communities this number is higher still. Alma will work to lift these individuals out of poverty and help them find the good paying jobs they need to support their families.

As a retired educator, Alma Adams understands that fighting poverty begins with a good education. Education is the key to North Carolina’s future. Our investments in our public schools, colleges, and job training programs should be second to none.

Alma Adams will always work ensure that everyone in has the ability to make a living wage that is capable of supporting their families. In the NC General Assembly she led the fight to raise the minimum wage. As a Congresswoman, Alma will also sponsor increasing the minimum wage nationally.

“As a proud parent, I know how tough it can be balancing work and family responsibilities. We must do more to help our working families succeed both at work and at home.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams supports expanding benefits for our workers. The top priority must be expanding and strengthening our paid family leave laws in this country. Currently the U.S. ranks near the bottom of industrialized nations in terms of its family leave, and even the laws we do have on the books are not enough to keep many people from falling through the cracks.

The Family and Medical Leave Act is an important piece of legislation, but Alma would like to see companies offer family leave benefits beyond the FMLA. Alma believes we need to set the standard for paid parental leave around the world.

Alma will also work to increase the availability of affordable child care services.

Combating Crime 

“We must do more to combat rising crime rates in America. It starts by having some common sense gun laws.” – Alma Adams
Alma Adams wants to make sure law enforcement and first responders have adequate resources to protect its citizens. At the same time, Congress must do something to counter the easy access to deadly weapons to criminals and others who could do us harm.

Gun control legislation is essential to fighting crime, protecting our citizens, and reducing dangers our law enforcement face each day. Congress needs to ban certain high powered assault weapons, close the gun show loophole, require background checks for purchases of firearms, and improve the tracking of firearms in our country.

 

 

News

News Posts

Rep. Adams Comments on the Bipartisan Passage of the CARES Act
Government page – March 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) released the following statement on the bipartisan passage of the $2 trillion economic aid passage to combat the coronavirus pandemic, also known as the CARES Act, which will now go to the President’s desk for his signature:

“The passage of the CARES Act is a silver lining on one of the most challenging weeks in our lifetimes,” said Congresswoman Adams. “This legislation will bring urgently needed relief to workers, families and small businesses across North Carolina. It includes direct cash relief to workers and children, and $260 billion in dramatically expanded unemployment benefits. However, the times are too sobering to celebrate this historic act, because there is still so much work to do. As Speaker Pelosi said today, we must advance a fourth bill to address continued needs.”

“It’s clear that the scope and impact of this pandemic is far greater than we could have imagined,” continued Adams. “So today, we took another step towards giving Americans a helping hand and some needed relief from an emergency that has changed life as we know it. I support this legislation because it reflects a bipartisan compromise that will allow our public schools to pay their faculty and staff, and feed their students. I support it because it will put money directly into the pockets of working Americans who need assistance to make it through the next few weeks. I support it because it provides billions in assistance to our small businesses as they look to make payroll and keep their workers – our Charlotte Mecklenburg neighbors – employed.”

Here are just a few of the numerous initiatives in this historic piece of legislation that will benefit the residents of North Carolina:

A $150 Billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund: Creates a $150 billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide states and localities additional resources to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. North Carolina will receive an estimated $4.067 billion in desperately needed funds to benefit our state’s residents.

$260 Billion in Dramatically Expanded Unemployment Benefits: Includes numerous provisions to improve unemployment benefits including providing an additional $600 per week for the next four months, providing an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits, and expanding eligibility to include workers in the gig economy and self-employed workers.

Immediate Direct Cash Payments to Lower and Middle-Income Americans: Provides for immediate, direct cash payments to lower-and middle-income Americans of $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child, beginning to phase out at an annual income of $75,000 for an individual and $150,000 for a household. These payments will provide individuals with the cash they need right now to survive with much of the economy currently shut down.

More Than $375 Billion in Small Business Relief: Provides more than $375 billion in small business relief, including $349 billion for forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees and keep them on the payroll; $17 billion for debt relief for current and new SBA borrowers; and $10 billion in immediate disaster grants.

Approximately $200 Billion for Our Hospitals, Health Care Workers, and Health Research: Provides an investment of about $200 billion in our hospitals, health systems, and health research, including expanding funding for the personal protective equipment desperately needed by our health care workers, including ventilators, n95 masks, gowns, gloves, etc.

More Than $100 Billion in Additional Emergency Appropriations, Including the Following:
Transit Agencies:  Provides $25 billion to transit agencies, which have all seen a drastic drop in revenues as social distancing has been implemented. This funding is to be used to protect the jobs of the employees of the transit agencies, funding their paychecks during this public health emergency. North Carolina will receive $312.6 million under this program.

HUD Emergency Solution Grants: Provides $2 billion for HUD Emergency Solution Grants to states that will be distributed by formula. These grants are designed to address the impact of the coronavirus among individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and to support additional homeless assistance, prevention, and eviction prevention assistance. Of this $2 billion, North Carolina will receive $47.4 million. In addition, the bill provides an additional $2 billion for these grants that will be allocated by HUD to the most hard-pressed areas.

Child Care and Development Block Grant: Supports child care and early education by providing $3.5 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant. NC will receive $117.3 million under this emergency appropriation.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Provides $900 million to help low-income families pay their heating and cooling bills. North Carolina will receive $50.9 million for this purpose during this public health emergency.

Byrne-Justice Assistance Grant Program: Provides $850 million for this program, giving additional support to state and local law enforcement agencies, thereby allowing them, for example, to obtain the personal protective equipment and other medical items they may need during this public health emergency. NC will receive $24.3 million under this appropriation.

CDC Coronavirus State, Local and Tribal Grants Minimum Awards:  Provides about $750 million in CDC State, Local, and Tribal Grants Minimum Awards to help agencies cope with the public health emergency. The minimum award for our state is $15.4 million. In addition, states can apply for additional funds above their minimum award, based on their needs.

Election Assistance:  Provides $400 million for Election Assistance Grants for states to help prepare for the 2020 elections.  Coronavirus is already resulting in the postponement of some primaries and this funding can help states make voting safer for individuals.  Funding can be used, for example, to increase the ability to vote by mail, expand early voting, and expand online registration. North Carolina will receive $10.9 million so that nothing – not even the coronavirus – interrupts the Democratic process.

HBCUs and MSIs: Provides $1.05 Billion dollars in emergency assistance for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions, including $447 million specifically for HBCUs.
“North Carolinians deserve a coordinated, fully-funded, whole-of-government response to keep them and their loved ones safe from the coronavirus epidemic,” concluded Rep. Adams.  “That is why I applaud the leadership of Governor Roy Cooper, and why I called on the North Carolina General Assembly to act quickly and decisively to help North Carolina workers, families and small businesses. On behalf of the hard-working families of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, I will continue to join House Democrats to work relentlessly and in a bipartisan way to put Families and Workers First and protect Americans’ health, safety and economic security.”

In the News

Black Colleges Feeling Collective Pain
By: Majorie Valbrun
Inside Higher Ed – March 18, 2020

Leaders of historically black colleges and universities are strongly advocating for additional federal funding for their institutions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. They say the costs of operating during the public health crisis and managing an array of related challenges threaten the future survival of their struggling institutions.

The United Negro College Fund, which provides general scholarship funds for 37 private historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs, and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which represents and supports public HBCUs and other predominantly black institutions, known as PBIs, are leading the effort to help the colleges lobby members of Congress for an additional, one-time allocation of $1.5 billion to help financially strapped HBCUs, PBIs and MSIs, or minority-serving institutions.

The two organizations along with presidents of some of the 105 HBCUs took part in a conference call led by a member of Congress Monday to discuss the financial, logistical and technical problems they are now facing. The call was convened by U.S. House member, Representative Alma Adams, founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus. Representative Karen Bass, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, also took part, as did a staff member for Representative Bobby Scott, chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor.

“HBCUs graduate an outsized proportion of African-American college graduates and an outsized proportion of low-income, first generation college students. In order to ensure HBCUs continue their mission, they need assistance in emergencies such as this,” Adams said in written responses to questions.

She said she and other lawmakers have heard from “the entire HBCU community” about how their institutions have been affected by the pandemic, and gotten their input on the colleges’ funding needs.

“We are currently working toward a package that will include many, if not all, of those recommendations,” she wrote. “Our offices and House leadership are currently engaged in working on another stimulus package to address some of the worst impacts of the pandemic. We are confident that HBCUs will find additional support in that package.”

Congress passed bipartisan legislation last December that made permanent $255 million in annual STEM funding for minority-serving colleges, including roughly $85 million specifically allocated to HBCUs.While the legislation, called the FUTURE Act, was widely praised by leaders and supporters of the colleges, advocates for more funding are now concerned about the more immediate future.

Lodriguez V. Murray, senior vice president for public policy and government affairs at the United Negro College Fund, said HBCU leaders and supporters of their institutions were encouraged by the response of Adams and other lawmakers.

“It is clear to our community — especially HBCUs, but MSIs overall — that there is significant interest on the Hill concerning our effort,” he said. “Representative Adams, Representative Bass and Representative Scott all seem interested in the unique needs and abilities of HBCUs and how this pandemic impacts them.”

Murray said a large group of college presidents took part in the conference call and offered firsthand accounts of what is taking place on the ground at their individual institutions as college and university administrators across the country race to turn campuses into online or remote institutions to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Many HBCUs are heavily financially dependent on student enrollment and have modest endowments. They don’t get the same level of philanthropic support from rich donors that predominately white institutions routinely receive. Their ability to quickly transition from in-person to remote or online instruction is limited and hampered by financial costs, technological capabilities and other challenges.

What’s more, the students that attend these institutions are largely reliant on financial aid. Some cannot afford to leave the campuses and travel home to take classes remotely, and others have nowhere else to go and rely on campus housing and meal plans. Others won’t be able to participate in online classes because they don’t have computers or reliable internet access at home. Some may not be able to afford to return to the college if, and when, the campuses return to normal operations.

“HBCUs are unique institutions.They operate closer to the margins.” Murray said. “Situations outside of our control — natural disasters, hurricanes and now the coronavirus pandemic — tend to hurt us more than other institutions.

“Add to that the fact that students on some of these campuses will not be able to come back and that these institutions may have to forfeit funds from room and board. That will be disastrous for HBCUs,” he said. “One institution that reached out to us said it could be impacted by $2 to $4 million, and this is an institution that does not have $2 to $4 million to spare.”

Murray added that while distance learning options was a nice offering to have in the past, it was not always a priority of the institutions.

“Many HBCUs and a lot of MSIs did not have this distance learning technology,” he said. “For that reason, we knew that when students come back from spring break, it was going to be important for the institutions to have the resources to get them their education.”

David K. Sheppard, senior vice president, general counsel and chief of staff at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, wrote in a note to congressional offices that the public institutions that TMCF represents “have been forced to implement a hybrid approach, temporarily cancelling classes and/or extending spring break to give them additional time to implement remote learning programs, while simultaneously having to leave campus open and accessible to students facing greater socio-economic challenges, attempting to manage the needs of students returning from study abroad programs who have self-quarantined in residence halls and redoubling their efforts to keep their larger campus communities safe in an environment where schools have a heightened duty to their various on-campus constituencies and greater exposure to potential liability in the face of an ongoing health emergency.

He said trying to meet all these responsibilities “places a heightened strain” on institutions that “lack the supplementary resources necessary to defray the additional costs that they have had to incur to adjust to this very fluid situation.”

There’s a sense in higher ed circles that despite the urgency of the moment, things will eventually return to normal and college campuses will revert to traditional spaces brimming with students and activity, where instruction is provided in physical instead of virtual classrooms and face-to-face interactions between professors and students are the norm again. No such guarantees exist for black colleges and universities. The leaders of those institutions believe the coronavirus crisis poses a very real existential threat; many of them worry that some colleges may end up permanently closing at a time when the long-term survival of HBCUs is a source of concern.

“Hopefully the funding is made available before these institutions close out their fiscal year, because if not, that would be catastrophic and end up hurting them in such a way that they can’t open in the fall,” Murray said. He noted that colleges with troubled financial status risk loosing their accreditation or being put on probation, further hurting their future viability.

“We’re hoping that the goodwill that has been expressed to us over the last two years via bipartisan compromise in Congress is extended to us again.”

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Representative Alma Adams Thanks AnitaB.org
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Published on September 12, 2019
By: AnitaB.org

Representative Alma Adams thanks AnitaB.org for supporting the HBCU Partnership Challenge for the last two years.

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US Rep. Alma Adams – Awarded Human Rights Medal at 60 anniversary of the Woolworth SIT IN
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Published on February 1, 2020
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US Rep. Alma Adams – Human Rights Medal at The 60th Anniversary Sit-In Anniversary Breakfast Celebration The Highest Honor from North Carolina A&T State University at the Celebration in Greensboro, North Carolina. NEWS filmed by Valerie Jones

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