This summit will reinforce the importance of racial and socioeconomic diversity in higher education, and identify new paths to achieving these goals relative to legal constraints recently determined by the U.S. Supreme Court.

As the U.S. student population becomes increasingly diverse, ensuring access to selective colleges and universities has become more and more important. While the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Fisher v. University of Texas and Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action impose new hurdles to considering race in university admissions, new research suggests colleges can increase both racial and economic diversity through a variety of creative strategies.

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9:00am Welcome and Introductions

Jamie Merisotis, President & CEO, Lumina Foundation
Greg Anrig, Vice President, Policy and Programs, The Century Foundation  

9:10am Keynote Address: The Imperative to Act

Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University – Newark
Derron Wallace, Alumnus, The Posse Foundation

9:40am Setting the Stage – Decision Details

Arthur Coleman, Managing Partner, Education Counsel, LLC
Scott Greytak, Attorney at Law, Campinha Bacote LLP
Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights, US Department of Education
Moderator: Richard Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

10:10am State Experiences

Richard McCormick, President Emeritus, Rutgers University
Matthew Gaertner, Research Scientist, Center for College and Career Success, Assessment and Instruction, Pearson
Halley Potter, Policy Associate, The Century Foundation
Moderator: Sam Fulwood, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

11:00am Promising Practices

John Brittain, Law Professor, School of Law, University of the District of Columbia
Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law, Georgetown University
Anthony Carnevale, Director, Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University
Jessica Howell, Executive Director of Policy Research, College Board
Moderator: Jamie Merisotis, President & CEO, Lumina Foundation

12:00pm Luncheon Address: Helping Universities Act—Policy Proposals

Richard Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
Susan Johnson, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Lumina Foundation

12:30pm End of Webcast