The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at NYU will host “Post-Fisher Affirmative Action: Status Quo or New Opportunities?” – a forum following the recent Supreme Court decision that upheld the use of race conscious admissions at the University of Texas.

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Gregory Garre, the lead attorney for the University of Texas for the Fisher v. University of Texas case, will be among the speakers.

The event will take place on Friday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to noon in NYU’s Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge (40 Washington Square South).

The June 23 Supreme Court decision upholding affirmative action admissions policies came as a surprise – and to many in the world of higher education, a welcome one. The forum will look at the consequences of the decision on higher education access and admissions, as institutions and state governments grapple with future challenges and opportunities.

Bringing together the University of Texas’ lead attorney on the case, along with scholars whose work helped shape the arguments, the forum’s speakers will include:

  • Gregory Garre, partner at Latham & Watkins; former United States Solicitor General. Garre served as the lead attorney for the University of Texas in the Abigail Fisher litigation, beginning in Spring 2012 and culminating in the June 23, 2016, Supreme Court decision upholding the University of Texas' race conscious admissions process. Garre has argued 41 cases before the Supreme Court and is widely considered one of the nation's top appellate advocates.
  • Marta Tienda, professor in demographic studies and professor of sociology and public affairs, Princeton University. Tienda conducted a multi-year study of the Texas top 10 percent plan that used both administrative and survey data and has written widely about equity and access to higher education.
  • Sigal Alon, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, Tel Aviv University and author of Race, Class, and Affirmative Action (Russell Sage, 2015). Alon studies social stratification and mobility, focusing on the dynamics and historical processes underlying class, gender, and racial-ethnic inequalities in educational attainment, and the extent to which admissions, retention, affirmative action, and financial aid narrow these inequalities.
  • 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. She has studied Minority Serving Institutions, immigrant students, English language learners, Latino students, and the roles of alternative admissions plans and financial aid programs in college admissions in the U.S. and abroad.

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

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