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Public Briefing – How the Science on Diversity and Affirmative Action Matters to Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin

*Monday, December 7, 2015*
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST
(Boxed lunch available beginning at noon.
Program begins promptly at 12:30 p.m.)

National Press Club
Washington, D.C.

Two days before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in the reconsideration of Fisher v. University of Texas, Austin, a panel of experts will discuss the scientific evidence on the use of race as a factor in university admissions policies, the educational benefits of student diversity, and the consequences of Fisher for higher education and the STEM workforce.

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

Click here to register to attend the briefing in person.

Speakers 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
  • Liliana M. Garces, Assistant Professor in the Higher Education Program and a Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Pennsylvania State University
  • Angelo N. Ancheta, Counsel of Record for the AERA et al amicus brief
  • Shirley M. Malcom, Head of Education and Human Resources Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Felice J. Levine, AERA Executive Director (Moderator)

Audience Q&A will follow speaker presentations.

  • Read the amicus brief submitted to the court by AERA et al here.
  • View additional information on the AERA et al amicus brief, the Fisher case, and research on the benefits of diversity and affirmative action here.

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