As a former educator, Congresswoman Adams understands how access to quality, affordable education can change lives. Her goal is to shorten the achievement gap and ensure more students have access to educational opportunities.
The first piece of legislation she introduced in the House was the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Professional Readiness Education Preparation (STEM PREP) Act. The STEM PREP Act helps create a pipeline of skilled workers to enter STEM fields. The STEM PREP Act also prioritizes the inclusion of fine arts in technical education. This equips employees with not only the technical skills and critical thinking skills needed to do the job.
A graduate of an HBCU and a professor at one for 40 years, Congresswoman Adams recognizes the importance of HBCUs in their communities and their impacts on their students. The first bill she co-sponsored focused on the restoration and preservation of these historic sites. She is also spearheading the HBCU Caucus, guaranteeing that HBCUs are always a part of legislative conversation.
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Washington, D.C.—Today, the Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus and the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) Caucus hosted the first HBCU STEAM Day of Action on Capitol Hill. This unique event brought HBCU presidents and administrators from thirty-four schools and industry leaders to Capitol Hill to meet with key Members of Congress and senior staff from both parties and in both chambers.
Washington, D.C.—Today, during the first HBCU STEAM Day of Action, Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (D-NC) and Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), co-chairs of the Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, announced that Lyft is the second entity to take the HBCU Partnership Challenge.
Charlotte, N.C.—Today, following a letter she sent to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on October 26, 2017, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) announced that the U.S. Department of Education has granted the students of the now closed, Charlotte School of Law expanded eligibility for a closed school loan discharge.
Washington, D.C.—On the third anniversary of the launch of the Adams Hunger Initiative, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) led a letter, signed by members of the Adams Hunger Initiative, to the House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) expressing the 12th District’s priority to protect funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other important nutrition programs in the upcoming Farm Bill legislation.
WASHINGTON — It took Rep. Alma Adams a few meetings to convince Bradley Byrne to partner with her three years ago and create a congressional caucus to advocate for black colleges and universities.
Adams, a progressive Democrat from North Carolina, and Byrne, a conservative Republican from Alabama, didn’t know much about each other. They also didn’t agree on much.
But they did agree that black colleges need more support from Congress.
Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) and Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA), members of the Small Business Committee, sent a letter to the U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro this week requesting that he instruct the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate whether Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are receiving adequate support from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help develop successful entrepreneurs.
Charlotte, N.C.—Today, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s support of arming teachers to prevent shootings in schools.
Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Alma S. Adams (D-NC) and Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), co-chairs of the Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Caucus, announced the launch of the HBCU Partnership Challenge and engagement survey. The Challenge and survey are an effort to promote greater engagement and support from private companies with HBCUs. Intel is the first corporation to take the challenge.
Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), co-chair of the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus, introduced legislation to overturn an outdated, biased policy and provide 1890s Land-Grant Universities with the same financial flexibility currently enjoyed by their peers established in 1862. The Carryover Equity Act (H.R. 4984) would fix a provision that prohibits 1890s Land-Grant Universities – all of which are Historically Black Universities – from carrying over more than 20 percent of their equity from one fiscal year to the next.
Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) released the following statement after voting against the budget agreement.