Multicultural Affairs Spring Speaker: Dr. Liliana Garces
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
at 6:30 PM
Buntrock Commons, Viking Theater
Lynn Stenstrom


Dr. Garces will give a public lecture entitled: "Affirmative Action and the U.S. Supreme Court: Fisher v University of Texas at Austin"

In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, a highly anticipated case that educational and legal scholars believed would determine the fate of race-conscious post-secondary admissions policies (i.e. affirmative action) nationwide. In the decision, the Court recognized the right of universities to pursue diversity as a compelling educational interest. The Court also emphasized that use of race as a factor in admissions, if challenged, requires a clear judicial finding that the campus has shown that it could not find a workable and feasible alternative that would produce the desired level of diversity.

Dr. Liliana M. Garces, assistant professor of higher education at Pennsylvania State University and counsel of record in one of the briefs filed in the case, will discuss the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling for postsecondary institutions across the nation.

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