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2014 Diversity Conference

Crossroads: An Opportunity for Progress
March 28, 2014


Lee C. BollingerKeynote address: Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University 

Lee C. Bollinger is the President of Columbia University.  A prominent advocate of affirmative action, he played a leading role in the twin Supreme Court cases—Grutter v Bollinger and Gratz v Bollinger—that upheld and clarified the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education. A leading First Amendment scholar, he is widely published on freedom of speech and press, and currently serves on the faculty of Columbia Law School. Read official bio here.


After a year of milestone Supreme Court cases, University communities and the nation at large are at a critical crossroads for defining how diversity impacts college admissions, individual rights and freedoms, political systems, and larger social and cultural implications. This year's conference "Crossroads: An Opportunity for Progress" will explore where we are as a University and community, in regards to race, power, and redefining diversity.  As in previous conferences, we seek to promote respectful dialogue, open-mindedness, the acceptance of others, and the celebration of diversity and inclusiveness.

Click on the workshop links to find PDFs of many of the presentations!

9:15-10:45 amKeynote Address
11:00-12:00 pmConcurrent Workshops – Session A
12:00-1:00 pmLunch
1:00-2:00 pmConcurrent Workshops – Session B
2:00-2:15 pmCoffee break
2:15 - 3:15 pmConcurrent Workshops – Session C
3:30-5:00 pmPoster Session and Reception