Panel Will Focus on Current Supreme Court Case Fisher v. University of Texas and Implications for Race-Based Admissions

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The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at NYU will host “Beyond Fisher: The Supreme Court and The Future of Race in Higher Education,” a forum to address race-based college admissions and broad questions of race in American higher education. The panel discussion takes place in advance of the expected June ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas that may have a significant impact on the future of affirmative action in higher education.

The event, which will be moderated by Ann Marcus, Director of the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy, will be held on Friday, March 4 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. in NYU’s Silver Center, Hemmerdinger Hall, 1st Floor (100 Washington Square East).

Bringing together distinguished social science, constitutional law, race studies, and public policy experts, the panel will include:

  • Stella Flores, Associate Professor of Higher Education at NYU Steinhardt and Director of Access and Equity at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. Flores studies the effects of state and federal policies on college access and completion rates for low-income and underrepresented populations.
  • Trevor Morrison, Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. Associate counsel to President Obama in 2009, Morrison is a leading expert on constitutional law.
  • Randall Kennedy, The Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School. Kennedy’s expertise spans constitutional law and issues of race and the law, civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Mark Yudof, President Emeritus of the University of California, where he served as its 19th president from 2008 to 2013. Prior to joining the University of California, Yudof served as president of the four-campus University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2002.
  • Mary Schmidt Campbell, The 10th president of Spelman College, an eminent historically black college. Campbell is Dean Emerita of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and NYU University Professor of Art and Public Policy.

Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to Rachel Harrison, NYU Office of Public Affairs, at (212) 998-6797 or

About the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy
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