Media Advisory: After <em>Fisher</em>: What the Supreme Court's Ruling Means for Students, Colleges, and the Country
Media Advisory: After Fisher: What the Supreme Court's Ruling Means for Students, Colleges, and the Country

For Immediate Release
June 22, 2016

Tony Pals,
(202) 238-3235, (202) 288-9333 (cell)

Victoria Oms,
(202) 238-3233

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


Civil rights and education research experts will discuss the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin—expected June 23 or June 27—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 in admissions.

Audience Q&A will follow panelist presentations. This event is organized by the American Educational Research Association. The hashtag for this event is #FishervUT.


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/Proyector 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, Assistant Professor in the Higher Education Program and Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University; 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)


9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 28. Continental breakfast available at 8:30 a.m.


National Press Club – Holeman Lounge, Washington, D.C.


  • To register to attend the briefing in person, click here.
  • To sign up to watch the live webcast, click here.
  • To call-in to listen, call (800) XXX-XXXX, starting 10 minutes before the event begins.


  • 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.

About AERA

The American Educational Research Association is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Find AERA on Facebook and Twitter.

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