AERA President Shaun Harper to Testify before Congress about Covid-19 and the Racial Equity Implications of Reopening College and University Campuses
AERA President Shaun Harper to Testify before Congress about Covid-19 and the Racial Equity Implications of Reopening College and University Campuses
 
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For Immediate Release: July 6, 2020

Contacts:
Tony Pals, tpals@aera.net
(202) 238-3235

Tong Wu, twu@aera.net
(202) 238-3233

** Media Advisory **
AERA President Shaun Harper to Testify before Congress about Covid-19 and the Racial Equity Implications of Reopening College and University Campuses

Washington, July 6, 2020—Shaun Harper, AERA President and a Provost Professor of Education and Business at the University of Southern California, will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment at the hearing titled “A Major Test: Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on the Future of Higher Education” at 12 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, July 7. 

The hearing follows several briefings and hearings that the House Education and Labor Committee has held to examine the impact of Covid-19 on education institutions and racial inequities in education, health, and the workforce over the past two months. The subcommittee will review what higher education learned from the transition to remote learning and related impacts on students, faculty, and institutions, as well as address how institutions plan to conduct instruction in the fall.

Harper will provide remarks on the racial equity implications of reopening college and university campuses and then take questions from the committee. Harper, who is also the founder and executive director of the Race and Equity Center at USC, is a highly regarded expert on race and equity. Harper has studied racial and gender equity in K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate contexts. He has conducted pioneering, large-scale qualitative studies on academically successful Black and Latino male students in traditional public high schools and postsecondary institutions. 

Who:  Shaun Harper, AERA President, University of Southern California Provost Professor of Education and Business, and USC Race and Equity Center Executive Director.

What: Testimony of the impact of Covid-19 on the future of higher education before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment

When: 12 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 7.

Where: To watch the hearing, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI6nEbhlkHY

Joining Harper to testify before the Subcommittee will be Sharon J. Pierce, President of Minneapolis College; Timothy P. White, Chancellor of California State University—Long Beach; and Scott Pulsipher, President of Western Governors University. 

Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA) chairs the Higher Education and Workforce Investment Subcommittee; the committee’s ranking member is Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA).

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