June 12, 2012
What must be equal for opportunity to be equal and what constitutes success in campus diversity when the baseline changes rapidly? These were the questions which Princeton University professor Marta Tienda addressed during a recent Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience (DECADE) Speaker Series presentation here at UCI.
Dr. Tienda participated in a daylong event on campus which included a presentation on how today's judicial system is measuring success with moving metrics. She identified key issues regarding affirmative action as well claims and evidence. Dr. Tienda identified reasons that make the Fisher v. Texas U.S. Supreme Court case highly consequential for the future of higher education, and the implications of this legal development.
Following the morning presentation, students and faculty were treated to an engaging and interactive workshop and panel discussion entitled, "Promoting Equal Opportunity and Success in Graduate Diversity." Moderated by Susan Coutin, Associate Dean of the Graduate Division and a Professor of Criminology, Law & Society and Anthropology, panelists included:
- Thurston (Thad) Domina, Assistant Professor, Education, UC Irvine
- Frank Bean, Chancellor's Professor, School of Social Sciences, UC Irvine
- Kelly Ward, doctoral student, Education, DECADE Student Council Member, UC Irvine
Dr. Tienda explains the theory behind the research data.
Dr. Tienda participates in a panel workshop on promoting equal opportunity and success in graduate education.