NYU Law’s Review of Law and Social Change, along withNYU Law’s Black Allied Law Student Association (BALSA) and Education Law and Public Society cordially invite you to attend our annual Review of Law and Social Change symposium, entitled “Diversity in Education and the Future of Affirmative Action.” The invited speakers will represent a variety of viewpoints and areas of scholarship within education, racial justice, diversity initiatives, and the intersection of these topics and the law.
This event will feature a number of prominent panelists discussing how affirmative action went from being celebrated as a major step toward enhancing diversity in education to being vehemently opposed by a multitude of outspoken critics. Panelists will also explore the potential effects that the recent Supreme Court cases of Fisher v. University of Texas and Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action will have on affirmative action policies going forward and new, potential diversity-initiatives for higher education institutions. Additionally, we will be hosting a panel discussion on the differing viewpoints on both race and class-based affirmative action initiatives, focusing specifically on how to navigate the simultaneous pursuit of racial and economic opportunity.
The event will also feature Dennis Parker, the director of the ACLU Racial Justice Program (RJP), as a keynote speaker. Among other things, Mr. Parker works on issues involving school-to-prison pipeline (which funnels children of color from the educational system into the criminal justice system), racial profiling, and affirmative action. Through RJP, Mr. Parker seeks to remove barriers to equal opportunity for communities of color through litigation, public education, community organizing and legislation. Prior to joining the ACLU, Parker was the chief of the Civil Rights Bureau in the Office of New York State Attorney General. Mr. Parker also spent 14 years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he supervised the litigation of numerous cases throughout the country in matters involving elementary and secondary education, affirmative action in higher education, and equal educational opportunity.