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Statement of support to the students of the University of Missouri

WASHINGTON - November 10, 2015 -

The National Education Association’s Advisory Committee of Student Members released the following statement regarding recent events at the University of Missouri:

“As leaders of the National Education Association Student Program, which represents more than 50,000 future educators, we stand in solidarity with the students at the University of Missouri.

“We commend them for their courage in speaking out against ignorance and institutional racism. We are moved by the sacrifices of individual students for the good of the greater community. It is our great hope that the actions taken by the University of Missouri students will empower students on other campuses to peacefully create change in the face of injustice.

“We will continue to fight institutional racism and advocate for positive change for students who are marginalized within our educational systems. Institutions of higher education should be safe havens of intellectual and personal growth for all students. They must be bastions of equal opportunity in our society.”

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