Post - Fisher Affirmative Action
Status Quo or New Opportunities?

The Supreme Court decision of June 23, 2016 upheld the "race conscious" admissions processes of the University of Texas. The decision was a surprise, and to most in the world of higher education, a welcome surprise. At our forum on September 30th, Greg Garre, lead attorney for the University of Texas and a former Solicitor General of the United States, will discuss the University's legal strategies, analyze the Supreme Court's opinion, and preview possible paths forward. Professors Marta Tienda, Sigal Alon and Stella Flores whose work helped shape the arguments in this case will give their views of the key research elements that will be crucial as institutions and state governments assess future challenges and opportunities.

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Friday, September 30th
10:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
Continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m.

New York University, Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South
Greenberg Lounge


Ann Marcus
Professor of Higher Education
Director, The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy


Dominic Brewer
Professor of Education, Economics and Policy
Gale and Ira Drukier Dean
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development


Gregory Garre
Lead Attorney for University of Texas
Former Solicitor General of the United States
Partner Latham & Watkins Law Firm

Gregory Garre served as the lead attorney for the University of Texas in the Abigail Fisher litigation, beginning in Spring 2012 and culminating in the June 23, 2016 Supreme Court decision upholding the University of Texas' "race conscious" admissions process.  A partner in the law firm, Latham & Watkins, and recently named "Appellate MVP” by Law360, Garre is widely considered one of the nation's top appellate advocates.  Garre is a former Solicitor General of the United States. He has argued 41 cases before the Supreme Court; during the past three terms, he has argued nine cases before the Court, including Fisher v. University of Texas.

Marta Tienda
Professor in Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs
Princeton University

Marta Tienda is Maurice P. During '22 Professor of Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University.  She is a former director of Princeton's Office of Population Research and past president of the Population Association of America.  A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education, Tienda has conducted a multi-year study of the Texas top 10 percent plan that used both administrative and survey data and has written widely about equity and access to higher education.

Sigal Alon
Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
Tel Aviv University

Sigal Alon is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University.  Her primary research interests include social stratification and mobility where she focuses on the dynamics and historical processes underlying class, gender, and racial-ethnic inequalities in educational attainment, and the extent to which admissions, retention, affirmative action and financial aid narrow these inequalities.  Alon is the author of  Race, Class, and Affirmative Action (Russell Sage, 2015) in which she studies race-based affirmative action policies in the U.S, and class-based affirmative action in Israel.

Stella Flores
NYU Associate Professor of Higher Education
Director of Access and Equity, The Steinhardt Institute

Stella M. Flores is NYU Associate Professor of Higher Education and Director of Access and Equity at the Steinhardt Institute.  In her research she employs large-scale databases and quantitative methods to investigate the effects of state and federal policies on college access and completion rates for low-income and underrepresented populations. Flores has studied Minority Serving Institutions, immigrant students, English language learners, Latino students, and the roles of alternative admissions plans and financial aid programs in college admissions in the U.S. and abroad.