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2014 Diversity Conference

Crossroads: An Opportunity for Progress
March 28, 2014


Lee C. BollingerKeynote address: Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University 

Lee C. Bollinger is the President of Columbia University.  A prominent advocate of affirmative action, he played a leading role in the twin Supreme Court cases—Grutter v Bollinger and Gratz v Bollinger—that upheld and clarified the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education. A leading First Amendment scholar, he is widely published on freedom of speech and press, and currently serves on the faculty of Columbia Law School. Read official bio here.

Brown v. Board of Education at 60: Columbia President Lee Bollinger Reflects on its Threatened Legacy


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After a year of milestone Supreme Court cases, University communities and the nation at large are at a critical crossroads for defining how diversity impacts college admissions, individual rights and freedoms, political systems, and larger social and cultural implications. This year's conference "Crossroads: An Opportunity for Progress" will explore where we are as a University and community, in regards to race, power, and redefining diversity.  As in previous conferences, we seek to promote respectful dialogue, open-mindedness, the acceptance of others, and the celebration of diversity and inclusiveness.

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9:15-10:45 amKeynote Address
11:00-12:00 pmConcurrent Workshops – Session A
12:00-1:00 pmLunch
1:00-2:00 pmConcurrent Workshops – Session B
2:00-2:15 pmCoffee break
2:15 - 3:15 pmConcurrent Workshops – Session C
3:30-5:00 pmPoster Session and Reception