Affirmative Action Symposium to Feature Original Debaters in University of Michigan Case at WCCCD Downtown Detroit Campus


DETROIT,MI, July 11- Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the University of Texas-Austin affirmative action case, Wayne Community College District Global Conversation Speaker Series, will present a symposium today open to the public on the issue that continues to define the debate on access to higher education for minorities and the future of diversity in a rapidly expanding global marketplace.

“Affirmative Action and the Battle for a Diverse Education,” will be the topic of the open forum at the downtown campus of WCCCD, 1001 West. Fort Street beginning at 10am in Multipurpose Room 236 and featuring some of the leading voices who were at the forefront of the University of Michigan affirmative action case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The panel members are Jennifer Gratz, CEO of the XIV Foundation and lead plaintiff in the University of Michigan affirmative action case, Robert Sedler Wayne State University law professor and one of the leading constitutional experts in the Midwest, Godfrey Dillard lead defense attorney in the University of Michigan Grutter/Gratz affirmative case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, Detroit News conservative columnist Henry Payne and Joshua Bassett director of the Institute for Social Progress.

The symposium is Bankole Thompson, a distinguished journalist and editor of the Michigan Chronicle.

The WCCCD forum is the first public conversation and response in metro Detroit since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Fisher V. University of Texas-Austin sending the case back to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Early seating at the July 11 forum is encouraged because seating is limited.

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