Education Department Officials to Speak at 2012 ADC Convention
Reverend Brenda Girton-Mitchell to Address Arab Americans in Washington


Washington, DC | | June 14, 2012 -- The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce that several officials from the US Department of Education will be addressinghundreds of Arab American community members during the 2012 ADC National Convention. In addition to officials from the Office of Safe and Healthy Students and the Office of Civil Rights, ADC is honored thatReverend Brenda Girton-Mitchell will be addressing ADC convention attendees on bullying prevention and safe schools.

Reverend Brenda Girton-Mitchell was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as director of the Education Department's Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The mission of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Education is to promote student achievement by connecting schools and community-based organizations, both secular and faith-based, as we build a culture of educational excellence. Rev. Girton-Mitchell brings more than 30 years' experience to the Department from her work as a teacher, legal counsel and minister. She earned her J.D. degree with honors from the Chicago – Kent College of Law in 1980.

On Saturday June 23, 2012 (10:15 am) at the ADC National Convention, Education Department officials will lead a workshop for conference attendees on the US educational system and the department’s efforts to deal with school bullying, especially within minority communities across the country and how local communities can help implement anti-bullying reforms at the grassroots level.


Speakers from the US Department of Education include:

  • Deborah Temkin, Research and Policy Coordinator for Bullying Prevention Initiatives with the Office of Safe and Healthy Students, in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Sharon J. Burton, Education Program Specialist with the Office of Safe and Healthy Students, in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 
  • Sarah Morgan, Attorney in the Office for Civil Rights
  • Seth Galanter, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Office for Civil Rights

    "Since safe schools are an issue that affects Americans of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, we are thrilled to have Reverend Brenda Girton-Mitchell address the 2012 ADC Convention on the issues of bullying in our schools today," said Abed Ayoub, ADC Legal Director. "We want all of our fellow citizens to know that Arab Americans are dedicated to promoting safe schools for all of our children and also ensure that bullying against any students is addressed in a timely and effective manner." 


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