This all-day conference explores contemporary debates involving diversity in higher education. In addition to examining the Fisher v UT case, panels explore race-based versus class-based affirmative action, achieving diversity through race-neutral admissions plans and the ripple effects of diversity in higher education. Noted Princeton sociologist Marta Tienda, who has studied Texas’ Top 10% law, delivers the keynote address.
Presented by the Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, and Civil Rights Clinic. Co-sponsored by the 2014 Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.
The University of Texas at Austin represents an educational institution where the leadership truly is acting on working with as diverse a population of students which attempts to mirror the changing demographics of Texas and the rest of the United States. Failing to educate the growing Latinas/os and African Americans will lead to a weaker state and also nation. The fine professionals who spoke eloquently about diversity at UT post-Fisher, provided invaluable information from different perspectives to enlighten those attending. I was fortunate to attend such a well planned event and look forward to attending more conferences about significant issues and challenges.