U.S. Civil Rights Official to Address Higher Education Access, Diversity And Excellence Group

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Ricardo Soto, principal deputy assistant secretary at the Office for Civil Rights, will deliver the keynote address at the summer meeting of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities' Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence Monday in Santa Fe, N.M.

Soto will discuss diversity and social change issues affecting learning at America's colleges and universities, with particular focus on the growing Hispanic student population.

The Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence includes college presidents, chancellors, vice presidents, deans, and other campus officials. It focuses on such issues as broadening college access and opportunity; utilizing the diversity of the undergraduate experience to prepare graduates for the 21st century; enhancing diversity within student and faculty populations; and creating partnerships between universities and local and world communities to bring about beneficial social change.