U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to Hold Panel Discussion on Efforts to Create and Support Diversity in Higher Education

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On Friday, September 27, senior leaders from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice will host a panel discussion titled "Creating and Supporting Diversity in Higher Education." The event will coincide with the release of "Questions and Answers About Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin." This document will be released Friday morning, and it is the first time the Departments will provide policy clarification on the use of race in higher education since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June.

At the panel discussion, higher education leaders will join Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Education, and Jocelyn Samuels, Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Justice, to discuss the importance of creating and supporting diversity on college campuses, and the parameters for using race in admissions as stated by the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Martha Kanter, Under Secretary of Education, will deliver opening remarks, and Ada Meloy, General Counsel for the American Council on Education, will moderate the discussion.

NOTE: All media must R.S.V.P. to [email protected] by 6:30 EDT TODAY Thursday, September 26, 2013. Media must enter the department at the visitor's entrance on Constitution Avenue between Ninth and Tenth Streets. Media may begin to arrive at 8:30 A.M EDT. Cameras must be pre-set by 9:15 A.M. All media must present government-issued photo I.D.(such as a driver's license) as well as valid media credentials. Press inquiries regarding logistics should be directed to the DOJ Office of Public Affairs at 202-514-2007.