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Congresswoman Alma Adams

Representing the 12th District of North Carolina



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.

For more information concerning my work and views on Education, please contact our office. Thank you.

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Oct 6, 2017 Press Release

Charlotte, N.C.—On National Manufacturing Day, Rep. Adams made her fifth stop on the #MadeInMecklenburg Tour with a visit to groninger USA, LLC in Charlotte. The visit included a tour of the facility and an opportunity to learn about groninger USA’s dual manufacturing apprenticeship program started in 2014 to address the skills gap challenging many local manufacturers. groninger is known for manufacturing closing and liquid filling equipment for pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

Oct 5, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12) issued the following statement after voting against the Republican budget for FY 2018.

Sep 29, 2017 In The News

Eight new members have been named to the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus during last week’s National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week.

The senators joining the organization are Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), David Perdue (R-Ga.) Cory Book (D-N.J.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.). They bring the total caucus membership to 62.

Schumer is the minority leader in the Senate, and Kaine was Hillary Clinton’s running mate during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Sep 29, 2017 In The News

Despite calls from the Congressional Black Caucus and the United Negro College Fund, The National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference went on as scheduled, wrapping up last week in Arlington, Va.

The event was planned under the leadership of the White House Initiative on HBCUs and with input from the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs. This meeting was the HBCU Conference held under President Donald Trump’s administration and aimed to “provide a forum to exchange information and share innovations among and between institutions.”

Sep 29, 2017 In The News

A capstone to this month’s inaugural HBCU Braintrust summit organized by HBCU alumna Congresswoman Alma Adams was the announcement of eight new members to the federal HBCU Caucus.

Sep 29, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump on Monday named a lawyer and former NFL player as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, as the administration faces criticism from those institutions of promises unkept.

Jonathan Holifield, who also writes and consults on the topics of innovation and inclusiveness, told leaders and students that HBCUs must contribute more to the American economy.

Sep 29, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON – Johnathan Holifield, a consulting firm co-founder and former National Football League player, was named Monday to lead the Trump administration’s initiative on historically Black colleges and universities.

Holifield will be executive director of an effort that’s been stalled since President Donald Trump signed an executive order in February intended as a powerful statement that he viewed the health and well-being of the institutions as a priority.

Sep 29, 2017 In The News

Trump did not attend, nor did several HBCU college presidents, news outlets have reported. KCCU reports that only 29 college presidents showed up, according to Michael Lomax, CEO of the United Negro College Fund. There are roughly 107 historically black colleges altogether.

Johnathan Holifield


Sep 29, 2017 In The News

Ronald Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University, said he’s seen just what he expected to see so far from President Donald Trump’s initiative on historically black colleges and universities – nothing.

Sep 29, 2017 In The News

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi joined Congresswoman Alma Adams, Congressman Bobby Scott and Members of the Congressional Black Caucus to deliver remarks ahead of a roundtable with Historically Black Colleges And Universities (HBCU) Presidents and Chancellors to discuss House Democrats’ HBCU legislative priorities.  Below are the Leader’s remarks: