Congressman Kim Convenes Youth and Education Leaders for Virtual Discussion on Racial Equity in Education

August 27, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Kim Convenes Youth and Education Leaders for
Virtual Discussion on Racial Equity in Education

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03) was joined by youth activists and New Jersey education leaders for a virtual roundtable discussion on education issues facing the Black community. This roundtable is part of a series of listening sessions held by the Congressman that have included a roundtable discussion about mental health access in the Black community, a conversation about policing reforms with local mayors and law enforcement officials, a roundtable with Black small business owners, and a virtual forum on discrimination and bias.

“One of the issues I heard about months ago as I started these listening sessions was the need for the Black experience to be better reflected in our school’s curriculum,” said Congressman Kim. “By bringing together youth and education leaders, we can start the conversations necessary for change to take place. I want to especially thank the young people – high school and college students – who have lent their voice and have been a proven catalyst for change.”

Congressman Kim was joined by local youth leaders, including representatives from the Moorestown Alumni for Racial Equity and Inclusion (MAREI), who have spoken out for racial equity in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. The Congressman was also joined by representatives of the New Jersey Department of Education.

Specific issues discussed on the call included increasing the recruitment and retention of teachers of color, incorporating racial justice as a component of educator professional development, expanding multicultural curriculum within school districts, and reducing racial disparities in student discipline.  

“MAREI was established to be a foundation for educational change and action. We recognize that the goals of equity and inclusivity need and deserve to be held to a high standard,” said Jasmine Cartwright-Atkins, a member of MAREI. “Together, we can, and will develop a just and inclusive future.”

Congressman Kim is a member of the bipartisan House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis, where he serves as one of twelve members of the House tasked with conducting oversight over programs aimed at ending the Coronavirus pandemic and helping address the economic impact it’s having on the American people. Congressman Kim is also a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Small Business. More information about Congressman Kim can be found on his website by clicking here