All About the TEAACH Act
Description: Illinois State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz will speak about the process involved in getting the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act drafted, introduced and passed in Illinois. She will also discuss the advocacy done by various organizations that assisted her in passing the bill, and she will touch on how the implementation of the TEAACH Act is proceeding in the first school year that the Act’s requirements are in place.
Presenter: Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz has served as State Representative of the 17th District in the Illinois General Assembly since 2019. The 17th District includes Evanston, Glenview, Golf, Morton Grove, Northbrook, Skokie and Wilmette.
Prior to being elected, Representative Gong-Gershowitz worked as a lawyer focused on advocacy for immigrants, including victims of child trafficking and forced marriage. She served on the Illinois Unaccompanied Children’s Task Force where she pioneered the use of pro bono social workers to serve as guardians ad litem for children navigating the immigration system.
Representative Gong-Gershowitz serves as the Chair of both the House Judiciary – Civil Committee and House Immigration & Human Rights Committee. In 2021 she sponsored the TEAACH Act, which made Illinois the first state in the nation to require teaching Asian American history in K-12 public schools. She is a member of the House Asian American Caucus, Progressive Caucus, Green Caucus and Jewish Caucus.
When: Wednesday, December 14, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: At your desk via Zoom. Registrants will receive webinar details prior to the program.
Please register here.