28 April Teleconference: Increasing Diversity in Science and Higher Education

How can U.S. universities draw more women and underrepresented minorities into science fields to boost economic and security goals—while minimizing any unreasonable legal risks?

U.S. Supreme Court rulings in 2003 limited the role of race in university admissions. Those rulings didn’t address faculty recruitment, though, and some state laws prohibit any consideration of race in admissions or hiring.

Now, a first-of-its-kind handbook from AAAS and the Association of American Universities (AAU) offers in-depth, cross-referenced legal resources to help promote effective diversity programs for science faculty and students.

Set for release during a teleconference at 1:30 p.m. EDT, the handbook outlines legally sustainable ways to expand diversity on campuses, particularly within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley is expected to offer brief opening remarks during the teleconference. The event will be moderated by Daryl E. Chubin, founding director of the AAAS Center for Advancing Science & Engineering Capacity. Other speakers will include representatives of AAAS, EducationCounsel LLC, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, and the University of Florida.

University planners as well as reporters are invited to dial in. Please RSVP with Ginger Pinholster by email or at (202) 326-6421.

The new handbook—“Navigating A Complex Landscape To Foster Greater Faculty and Student Diversity in Higher Education”—offers instruction on how diversity-related state laws may affect interpretations of federal law. It also reviews key legal issues, including:

  • the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause;
  • Title VI, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin by public and private recipients of federal funds;
  • Title IV, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, or national origin;
  • Title IX, which prohibits gender discrimination; and
  • an array of specific legal decisions.

See “Navigating a Complex Landscape to Foster Greater Faculty and Student Diversity in Higher Education.”

Listen to a recording of the teleconference.