Monday, December 19, 2016
President Obama has appointed Catherine E. Lhamon to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Commissioners' terms do not end with the president who appointed them. Thus, Lhamon would remain on the Commission during the Trump administration. I am heartened by the opportunity for her legacy continue. In my opinion, Lhamon has been the most effective head of the Office for Civil Rights of my adulthood by a good measure. She has overseen and defended a much more aggressive approach to equality in school discipline, anti-bullying and harassment, and equality in access to school resources and facilities for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, language status, disability, or gender--and I do mean in each of these areas and for each of these groups. Thanks goes out to her and all those at the Office for Civil Rights that have worked with her.
President Obama appointed her to the Commission along with Debo P. Adegbile, former Acting President and Directing Counsel of the NAACP LDF.
The full announcement is here.