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Programs Officer Elizabeth Nellums joins the DC Bar Foundation with a passion for improving access to justice for underserved residents of the District.
A stable, solid education creates opportunity for DC students and sets them on a path toward a more prosperous life. It is why we fund Advocates for Justice and Education (AJE), an organization providing free, on-site legal assistance to parents, guardians, or students at disciplinary hearings before the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).
This back-to-school season, I am reflecting on the challenges students face in our community — and our potential for creating change together. I recently learned about Shannon, a 15-year-old DC Public Schools (DCPS) student who faced a 45-day suspension. The cause? Failing to throw away a drink bottle when asked by a staff member.
As I reflect on our recent announcement of new grant awards, I want to share a colleague’s story. Imoni Washington, Director of Programs at the DC Bar Foundation, is a DC native. She grew up in a middle-class family with a Foreign Service Officer dad, stationed for many years in West Africa. There she witnessed deep poverty, and vividly remembers visiting slave castles as a child. She later attended a Quaker high school focused on community service and equality, further shaping her vision.