Become an Original Cosponsor of the Inclusive Campuses Act of 2017

Please consider joining me as an original cosponsor of the Inclusive Campuses Act; legislation to promote inclusion and empowerment of LGBTQ people at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other minority serving institutions.
According to the Campus Pride Index, only 21% percent of HBCUs have active LGBTQ-specific organizations. Additionally, only fourteen HBCUs include gender identity/expression protection in their nondiscrimination statements. A lack of support services has led
to the alienation and emotional distress of LGBTQ students while fostering campus environments of fearful silence and passive intolerance.
This legislation takes a critical step forward by authorizing title III funds to establish on campus resource centers that provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students as well as programming and education about LGBTQ students
to the entire campus community.
By building upon the innovative efforts to establish LGBTQ resource centers at institutions such as Spelman College, Bowie State University, Florida International University, and Fayetteville State University, we will promote full diversity, acceptance, and
inclusion of all students who attend HBCUs and other minority serving institutions.
If you have any questions or would like to become an original cosponsor, please contact Brian Duckworth on my staff at
brian.duckworth@mail.house.gov or 202-225-1605.

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National Family History Day

Every year since 2004, the US Surgeon General has declared Thanksgiving to be National Family History Day in an effort to encourage families to discuss and better understand their health history as they gather to celebrate the holiday. Learning about one’s
family history can be a lifesaving conversation. Medical providers use this information to assess the threat of developing a myriad of health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and hereditary cancers.

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Support a clear path to STEM jobs: Cosponsor the Youth Access to American Jobs Act (H.R. 1050)

America needs to be telling its young people we will invest in them. One key way to do this is to make sure students get the skills needed to succeed in their careers. The Youth Access to American Jobs Act of 2017 creates a six-year pathway for high
school students training in STEM skills to graduate from community college and get plugged into an apprenticeship, preparing them for good-paying jobs in manufacturing or other in-demand industries.

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Cosponsor H.R. 4340, American LAWS Act

The Constitution gives Congress the authority to “establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.” Despite being given this authority by our founders, Congress has stood by and let our immigration system spiral out of control. The American people instinctively
know that something is not right and are expecting Congress to fix it.

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Cosponsor the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act (H.R. 4379)

In today’s global society, an undergraduate education that includes a meaningful study abroad experience is more important than ever. Study abroad gives students the opportunity to engage with other cultures, enhance foreign language skills, and expand international
knowledge. Unfortunately, less than two percent of all enrolled post-secondary students in the United States study abroad.  Particularly, rural and minority students, first generation college students, community college students, and students with disabilities
are underrepresented in study abroad participation.

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Cosponsor the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act (H.R. 4379)!

In today’s global society, an undergraduate education that includes a meaningful study abroad experience is more important than ever. Study abroad gives students the opportunity to engage with other cultures, enhance foreign language skills, and expand international
knowledge. Unfortunately, less than two percent of all enrolled post-secondary students in the United States study abroad.  Particularly, rural and minority students, first generation college students, community college students, and students with disabilities
are underrepresented in study abroad participation.

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