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Lumina Ideas Summit: New pathways to higher education diversity

June 17, 2014, 9am Eastern

This summit will reinforce the importance of racial and socioeconomic diversity in higher education, and identify new paths to achieving these goals relative to legal constraints recently determined by the U.S. Supreme Court.

As the U.S. student population becomes increasingly diverse, ensuring access to selective colleges and universities has become more and more important. While the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Fisher v. University of Texas and Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action impose new hurdles to considering race in university admissions, new research suggests colleges can increase both racial and economic diversity through a variety of creative strategies.

Part 1

9:10am Keynote Address: The Imperative to Act
Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University—Newark
Derron Wallace
9:40am Setting the Stage
Arthur Coleman, Managing Partner, Education Counsel, LLC
Scott Greytak, Attorney at Law, Campinha Bacote LLP
Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights
Moderator: Richard Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

Part 2

10:10am State Experiences
Richard McCormick, President Emeritus, Rutgers University
Matthew Gaertner, Research Scientist, Center for College and Career Success, Assessment and Instruction, Pearson
Halley Potter, Policy Associate, The Century Foundation
Moderator: Sam Fulwood, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

Part 3

11:00am Promising Practices
John Brittain, Law Professor, School of Law, University of the District of Columbia
Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law, Georgetown University
Anthony Carnevale, Director, Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University
Jessica Howell, Executive Director of Policy Research, College Board
Moderator: Jamie Merisotis, President & CEO, Lumina Foundation

Part 4

12:00pm Helping Universities Act—Policy Proposals
Richard Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
Susan Johnson, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Lumina Foundation

The views expressed in this webcast are those of its speakers and do not necessarily represent the views of Lumina Foundation, its officers or employees, as well as The Century Foundation, its officers or employees.

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If Affirmative Action Is Doomed, What’s Next? | David Leonhardt | New York Times | June 17, 2014
What Sotomayor Gets Wrong About Affirmative Action | Richard Kahlenberg | Chronicle of Higher Education | June 17, 2014
Race-Blind Affirmative Action? | Jake New | Inside HigherEd | June 18, 2014