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GGSE to Dissect Bakke Affirmative Action Ruling


Goodwin Liu, assistant professor of law at UC Berkeley, will outline new paths for minority access to higher education at the conference.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark affirmative action decision in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, the UCSB Givertz Graduate School of Education (GGSE) will present “Realizing Bakke’s Legacy: Equal Opportunity and Access to Higher Education.”
On Friday, May 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Corwin Pavilion, panels of UCSB scholars and others will explore the complex set of legal and educational policy circumstances established by the Bakke decision: The court ruled against a system of racial quotas while still allowing race, under limited circumstances, to be considered as a factor in making admissions decisions.
This historic decision continues to simultaneously frame, narrow, and confound the understanding of access and equity in higher education. Because the UC Regents were defendants in this case, it is fitting that UC Santa Barbara marks the anniversary of this Supreme Court decision and considers its national and local impact, while looking towards the future, said George Yatchisin, GGSE spokesperson.
The conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve a seat, contact Suzanne Oliver at x2460 (or soliver@education.ucsb.edu).
The keynote talk, “Beyond Bakke: New Directions for Minority Access to Higher Education,” will be presented by Goodwin Liu, assistant professor of law and co-director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity, at UC Berkeley’s School of Law.
The event is also timed to the release of the new book “Realizing Bakke’s Legacy: Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Access to Higher Education” (Stylus, 2008). Co-editors Patricia Marin, a researcher and lecturer at the Gevirtz School, and Catherine L. Horn, a professor at the University of Houston, will make presentations and sign books at the end of the symposium.
This symposium is the second in the Gevirtz School’s “Policy Goes to School Series” that examines how educational research can and should influence public policy.