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Beyond Brown vs. Board of Education

Beyond Brown vs. Board of Education
A National Symposium
Spring 2005
Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education

Excerpts from the symposium opening session featuring Derrick Bell, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law and Keith Medley, author and journalist.

University of Michigan and Beyond

Excerpts from Session II of the conference featuring Margarita Benitez, Director of Washington Initiatives, University of Puerto Rico and chair, EXITO Task Force for Excelencia in Education; Brenda A. Allen, Associate Provost and Director of Institutional Diversity, Brown University; Bettye Parker Smith, Interim President, Dillard University; Norman Francis, President, Xavier University; and John Matlock, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Michigan.

Brown v. Board’s Unacknowledged Lessons

Excerpts from the Keynote Address at the conference featuring Derrick Bell, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law.

A Closer Look at Measuring Diversity: NYU as a Case Study

By Sharon L. Weinberg, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Professor of Quantitative Methods and Psychology, New York University

From the Director

Fifty years after the decision in the landmark case of Brown vs. Board of Education (1954) overturned the ruling affirming the legal basis of Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896), which had been the legal basis of segregation for more than half century, two pivotal cases involving the University of Michigan have forced the nation to rethink policies related to race at colleges and universities.

In November 2004, as the higher education community reacted and responded to the latest Supreme Court rulings, the Faculty Resource Network presented at Dillard University and Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana, a national symposium on this critical topic. Hundreds of Network faculty members and administrators assembled to discuss the implications of these cases and to ask the question, “What is the future of diversity in higher education?”

To report on that symposium, the FRN presents this second edition of its online publication, NETWORK: A Journal of Faculty Development. As you can see from the contents of this issue, here are excerpts from several of the sessions that took place during the symposium, as well as individual articles by participating panelists that relate directly to the topic of diversity in higher education.

Debra M. Szybinski
Director, Faculty Resource Network