Brenda Shum

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Brenda Shum is Director of the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law where she oversees complex litigation, public policy advocacy, and programs designed to ensure educational equity for all students and to eliminate discriminatory practices in schools. Her litigation practice focuses on the enforcement of civil rights in both K-12 and higher education systems. As Director of the Educational Opportunities Project, Brenda works to ensure that federal and state policy protects our most vulnerable students, including students of color, students with disabilities, low-income students, and English Language Learners. Brenda serves on the steering committee for the National Coalition for School Diversity, the Education Civil Rights Alliance, and the Dignity in Schools Campaign. She also oversees the Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program, an initiative designed to support parents and families in becoming more effective advocates for their children, and Let Us Learn, an initiative that protects the right of all students to enroll in public school regardless of immigration status.