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Obama Administration to Hold Panel Discussion on Diversity in Higher Education

September 23, 2013

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College Board Releases Summary of Next Diversity in Admissions Case Before Supreme Court

​The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) have scheduled a panel discussion on “Creating and Supporting Diversity in Higher Education” for Sept. 27 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. EDT at DOJ’s offices in Washington, DC.

The panel will be moderated by ACE General Counsel Ada Meloy.

Higher education leaders will join Catherine E. Lhamon, ED assistant secretary for civil rights, and Jocelyn Samuels, DOJ acting assistant attorney general for civil rights, to discuss the importance of creating and supporting diversity on college campuses while adhering to the parameters for using in race as a factor in admissions as outlined by the Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

The event will coincide with the release of a document, Questions and Answers About Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, developed jointly by ED and DOJ.

To RSVP, contact Erica Fernandez at erica.fernandez@ed.gov with your name, affiliation and email address by Sept. 25 at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

College Board on Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action

The College Board's Access and Diversity Collaborative has released a memo outlining what’s at stake in the next admissions case the Supreme Court will consider, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.

Schuette was brought by a coalition of groups to challenge Michigan’s ban on the consideration of race and ethnicity in admissions decisions, which voters approved in 2006 as an amendment to the state constitution.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit struck down the ban last year, ruling that it violates the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, which mandates that states must apply their laws equally to all individuals and groups of people.

ACE and other higher education associations submitted an amicus brief in support of the Coalition earlier this month.

To read the College Board memo, click here.

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