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Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: A Status Report Release Convening


February 14, 2019 8:30 AM


Racial and ethnic diversity comes with numerous benefits at all levels of education and in the workforce, and the current and future health of our nation—economic and otherwise—requires that the whole of our population have equitable access to sources of opportunity. Chief among such sources of opportunity is higher education.

The American Council on Education (ACE) invites you to join our convening for the release of Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: A Status Report and its accompanying microsite, either in person at the National Press Club, or virtually via livestream, at 9:00 a.m. ET on February 14. 

The report examines over 200 indicators, looking at who gains access to a variety of educational environments and experiences, and how these trajectories and their outcomes differ by race and ethnicity. This convening will:

  • Promote dialogue and action on the state of race and ethnicity in higher education;
  • Share key findings from the report and opportunities for future engagement on these issues;
  • Explore what attendees can and should do to promote increased educational opportunity and improved outcomes for students of all backgrounds and students of color in particular.

Invited attendees include scholars, policymakers, institutional leaders, practitioners, and the media.

This event is hosted in collaboration with the University of Southern California’s Center on Race and Equity and the Urban Institute, and is presented with generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education project is made possible through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


 Panel 1 Speakers

  • Sandy Baum

    Nonresident Fellow in the Education Policy Program

    Urban Institute

  • Ibram Kendi

    Director, Antiracist Research & Policy Center; Professor of History and International Relations

    American University

  • Lorelle L. Espinosa

    Vice President for Research

    American Council on Education

  • Cecilia Rios-Aguilar

    Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Associate Professor of Education​

    University of California Los Angeles


 Panel 2 Speakers

  • Mildred Garcia


    American Association of State Colleges and Universities

  • Shaun R. Harper

    Provost Professor in the Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business; the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership; Executive Director for USC Race and Equity Center

    University of Southern California​

  • Ted Mitchell


    American Council on Education

  • Julie J. Park

    Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education

    University of Maryland


 Consent and Media Details


Consent to Use Video/Photographic Images or Audio Recordings

Each attendee's registration and/or presence at this event—in person or by remote audio, visual, or other means—constitutes the attendee's agreement to permit ACE’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the attendee’s image or voice in broadcasts, photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of the event, without the attendee having any expectation of or right to a royalty or other monetary compensation from ACE. Each attendee understands and agrees that presence at this event does not give attendee any rights to any image/video/audio of the event, which are and will remain ACE’s property. ​​

Media Coverage

This event is open to the media, but pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact ACE Public Affairs at 202-939-9365. 

Media Eligibility Requirements

Trade Press/Mainstream Media/Wire Services/Online/TV/Radio Journalists:
Please provide a business card and/or appropriate email signature. Only publications that feature original, regularly posted, or published editorial content will be considered. Personal newsletters, blogs, or web pages do not qualify. 

Freelance Journalists: 
Please provide a letter of assignment from a publication fitting the qualifications listed above. 

ACE reserves the right to refuse credentials to those who do not meet the eligibility requirements. Please contact ACE’s Office of Public Affairs at 202-939-9365 for more information. 

Media Photography, Video, and Audio: 
​Media photography and video and audio recordings of this event must be approved in advance by ACE Public Affairs. For more information, please contact ACE Public Affairs at 202-939-9365.  ​​​​

Live Webcast

Thursday, February 14, 2019

9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (EST)​

Watch the webcast live on the Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education website.


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8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Light breakfast and networking

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Welcome Remarks

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. – Key Findings of Report 

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. – Moderated panel discussion: What do the numbers tell us about race in higher education and in America? 

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. – Break

11:00 – 12:00 p.m. – Moderated panel discussion: What are the most critical issues facing students of color today on our campuses and how do we address them? 

12:00 – 12:15 p.m. – Closing remarks


​This event will be held at the National Press Club at 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045. 

Additional details regarding the venue can be found at the National Press Club website.  

The event will also be streamed live beginning at 9 a.m. Click here to view the live webcast​.

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