The University of Texas at Austin   School of Law

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

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About the conference:

Join us for a conversation about the future of access to opportunity through higher education. Texas is on the forefront of national demographic shifts and a bellwether state for diversity in higher education, and the University of Texas at Austin was a party in the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas.

This all-day conference will bring together scholars, advocates, educators and students to examine contemporary debates involving diversity in higher education. In addition to examining the Supreme Court's decision in Fisher and the questions currently before the Fifth Circuit, panels will explore race-based versus class-based affirmative action, achieving diversity through race-neutral admissions plans, and the ripple effects of diversity in higher education. Marta Tienda, a Princeton sociologist who has studied the impact of the Texas Top 10% law as well as the role of diversity in higher education more broadly, will provide the keynote address at a seated lunch reception.

The conference is presented by the University of Texas School of Law's William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, Civil Rights Clinic, and Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, and sponsored by the University of Texas Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights, the University of Texas at Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, and the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good.

Keynote speaker:

Marta Tienda, Maurice P. During ’22 Professor in Demographic Studies, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Panelists and moderators:

  • Joshua Civin, General Counsel, Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Sharon Davies, Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University
  • Joseph Fishkin, University of Texas School of Law (moderator)
  • Cary Franklin, University of Texas School of Law (moderator)
  • David Hinojosa, Regional Counsel, MALDEF
  • Kedra Ishop, Vice Provost, Director of Admissions, University of Texas at Austin
  • Richard Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, Century Foundation
  • Douglas Laycock, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Celina Moreno, Legislative Staff Attorney, MALDEF
  • Ranjana Natarajan, University of Texas School of Law (moderator)
  • Patti Ohlendorf, Vice President for Legal Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
  • Patrick Shin, Suffolk University Law School
  • Funmi Showole, Columbia Law School
  • Jordan Steiker, University of Texas School of Law (moderator)
  • Gregory Vincent, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin
Additional conference information: Conference registration and general contact:

The conference has reached full capacity. For conference information, contact Rachel Sidopulos, Center Administrator, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, at rsidopulos@law.utexas.edu, (512) 232-6277 (phone).

 

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