April 29, 2008
For immediate release
UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School presents Realizing Bakke’s Legacy: Equal Opportunity and Access to Higher Education on Friday, May 16, 8:30 am – 2 pm, UCSB Corwin Pavilion. Marking the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Regents of the University of California v. Bakke decision, this symposium includes nationally recognized scholars who will explore the complex set of legal and educational policy circumstances established by this historic court decision that continue to simultaneously frame, narrow, and confound our understanding of access and equity in higher education. Because the Regents of the University of California were defendants in this case, it is particularly fitting that UC Santa Barbara mark the anniversary of this Supreme Court decision and consider its national and local impact, while also looking towards the future. The event will draw together educators, researchers, students, policy makers, and other stakeholders to discuss expanding equal opportunity in higher education in California and around the nation. The tentative program is available on line now. An invitation and directions are also web accesible.
The keynote talk at the event, “Beyond Bakke: New Directions for Minority Access to Higher Education,” will be presented by Goodwin Liu, Assistant Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity, UC Berkeley School of Law. The event is tied to the release of the groundbreaking new book Realizing Bakke’s Legacy: Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Access to Higher Education (Stylus, 2008). Co-editors of the volume Patricia Marin, a researcher/lecturer at the Gevirtz School, and Catherine L. Horn, a professor at the University of Houston, will both give presentations and take part in a book signing at the end of the symposium.
Invited panelists include Jane Close Conoley, Dean of the Gevirtz School, Gale M. Morrison, Dean of the Graduate Division, Melvin L. Oliver, Dean of the Division of Social Sciences, Angelo N. Ancheta, Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law, Michele S. Moses, Associate Professor, University of Colorado-Boulder, George Lipsitz, Professor, Dept. of Black Studies, UCSB, John T. Yun, Assistant Professor, the Gevirtz School, UCSB, Stella M. Flores, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University, Richard Duran, Professor, the Gevirtz School, UCSB, Britt Ortiz, Director, Early Academic Outreach, UCSB, and Yolanda Garcia, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Academic Support Services, UCSB.
This symposium is the second in the Gevirtz School’s “Policy Goes to School Series” that examines how educational research can and should influence policy. The first event, “Promoting Pre-K through Graduate School Educational Success” held on January 11 was a resounding success. Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23), a panelist at the event, said, “I’m going to go back to Washington and encourage all my colleagues in the House to hold events like this one.”
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve a space, contact Suzanne Oliver, Gevirtz School Director of Community Relations at 805.893.2460 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cosponsors of the event at press time are the Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Academic Policy, Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Office of Equal Opportunity, College of Letters and Science, Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, Division of Social Sciences, Graduate Division, Office of Academic Preparation, Department of Asian American Studies, Department of Black Studies, Department of Chicano/a Studies, Department of Sociology, Women’s Studies Program/Center for Research on Women and Social Justice, and the Center for New Racial Studies.
[Suzanne Oliver and Patricia Marin are available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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