Dr. Liliana Garces to Speak at St. Olaf College

Apr 17 2014 6:30 pm
Apr 17 2014 7:30 pm
Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons

"Affirmative Action and the US Supreme Court:  Fisher v University of Texas at Austin" Ruling Implications on the Postsecondary Institutions Across the Nation

In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, a highly anticipated case that educational and legal scholars believed would determine the fate of race-conscious postsecondary admissions policies (i.e. affirmative action) nationwide.  In the decision, the Court recognized the right of universities to pursue diversity as a compelling educational interest. The Court also emphasized that use of race as a factor in admissions, if challenged, requires a clear judicial finding that the campus has shown that it could not find a workable and feasible alternative that would produce the desired level of diversity.  Dr. Liliana M. Garces, assistant professor of higher education at Pennsylvania State University and counsel of record in one of the briefs filed in the case, will discuss the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling for postsecondary  institutions across the nation.   

For more information please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 507-786-3060 or visit http://wp.stolaf.edu/mca/