Affirmative Action, policies aimed at increasing educational and workplace opportunities for people who are underrepresented in various areas of our society, were created to address historical systems that have prevented the equal participation of certain communities, generally women and communities of color. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in SFFA v. Harvard banning the consideration of race as a distinct factor in admissions has created questions around programs aimed at ameliorating past harms in the quest to promote equity in education and employment.
This series of workshops was created to provide an avenue for meaningful discussion about the path forward for programs that seek to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. Each session is focused on distinct groups and the unique challenges they face post-decision. The goal of the series is to share information, facilitate discussion, and to provide concrete recommendations to sustain the ongoing quest toward a more equitable society for all.
The State of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Beyond Affirmative Action in Admissions
October 27, 2023, 3:00-4:30 P.M. Central Time
The Supreme Court's decision did not address affirmative action or other ameliorative programs beyond admissions. However, shortly after the decision was released, there was an immediate effort to expand the decision beyond its intended scope to apply to all diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in both education, government and the private sector. While the decision did not address a valid expansion of the decision, there are legitimate concerns about how to address these efforts. This session provides an opportunity to discuss these concerns, including best practices, and how to continue to move DEI efforts in employment forward.
- Thomas Saenz, President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund
- Richard Lewis, President, New York State Bar Association
- Brad Karp, Chair, NYSBA Task Force on Advancing Diversity; Chairman, Paul Weiss LLP
- Sunu Chandy, Senior Advisor, Democracy Forward
- Jill Rosenberg, Partner, Orrick, Herrington, Sutcliffe LLP
- Lisa Velazquez, Partner, Paul Weiss LLP