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U.Va. Panel To Discuss Pros And Cons Of Affirmative Action

April 15, 2003 --

WHO: Gerard Alexander, Professor of Politics
Kim Ford-Mazrui, Professor of Law
Ned Moomaw, Professor of Politics
M. Rick Turner, Dean, Office of African-American Affairs

WHAT: Panel discussion: “Exploring the Issues of Affirmative Action”

WHEN: Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Wilson Hall, Room 301, University of Virginia

While colleges and universities across the country are awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision challenging racial preferences in student admissions at the University of Michigan Law School, a University of Virginia panel will explore the pros and cons of affirmative action on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Hall auditorium.

In light of the Supreme Court cases, Gratz and Grutter v. Bollinger, the panel will explore the issue and discuss the implications that the court’s decision might pose for U.Va. The two cases involve Barbara Grutter, who was denied admission to the University of Michigan Law School, and another plaintiff, Jennifer Gratz, who filed suit after she was denied admission to the university, both in 1995. At stake is whether race can be taken into account when universities consider students’ admission.

SUR Magazine, a U.Va. student publication that provides a voice for Latin Americans from here and abroad, will sponsor the discussion. Other sponsors include Sustained Dialogue, the Minority Rights Coalition, the Black Fraternal Council, the Inter-Fraternity Council, the Inter-Sorority Council and the Latin Student Union.

For more information contact Robbie Robinson, a member of the SUR Magazine staff, at (434) 243-1933 or at gsr5s@virginia.edu.

Contact: Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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