Public Briefing
Public Briefing
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Public Briefing

After Fisher: What the Supreme Court’s Ruling Means for Students, Colleges, and the Country

*Tuesday, June 28, 2016*
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EDT
(Continental breakfast available at 8:30 a.m.
Program begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.)

National Press Club
Holeman Lounge
Washington, D.C.

This National Press Club briefing from civil rights and education research experts will focus on the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin and its consequences for higher education and the country. Panelists will address the implications of the decision for ensuring quality education for all students and graduates capable of contributing to the demands of a 21st-century workplace. Issues discussed will include next steps in university admissions, best practices for colleges and universities, and potential programs in light of the scientific evidence on the educational benefits of student diversity and the importance of taking race into account.

The briefing is directed to the media, higher education officers, educational and professional organizations, human resource leaders, and other public audiences interested in better understanding the implications of Fisher. Considerable time will be allocated for questions from attendees.

This event is organized by the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Click here to register to attend the briefing in person.
Click here to register to watch the live webcast.
To call-in to listen, dial (800) 679-2938, starting 10 minutes before the event begins.
View briefing materials here.

Panelists will include:
  • Gary Orfield, Distinguished Research Professor of Education, Law, Political Science and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Co-director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA
  • Theodore M. Shaw, Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, and Director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights 
  • Stella M. Flores, Associate Professor of Higher Education at New York University, and Director of Access and Equity at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at NYU
  • Liliana M. Garces, Associate Professor of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University, Co-Director of the Center for Education and Civil Rights, and Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education; Counsel of Record, Brief of 823 Social Scientists as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondents
  • Angelo N. Ancheta, Counsel of Record for the American Educational Research Association et al. Amici Curiae in Support of Respondents
  • Felice J. Levine, Executive Director of the American Educational Research Association (Moderator)
Audience Q&A will follow speaker presentations.
  • Read the amici curiae brief submitted to the Supreme Court by AERA et al. here.
  • View additional information about the AERA et al. brief, the Fisher case, and research on the benefits of diversity and affirmative action here.
  • AERA was joined in filing the amici brief by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Anthropological Association, the American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, the American Statistical Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, the Law and Society Association, the Linguistic Society of America, and the National Academy of Engineering.

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