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Forum 26:

New Research Methods for Critically Engaging the Equity Question in Higher Education

Held Monday, May 2, 2016

Forum Summary

In her lecture, Dr. Bensimon will discuss how the elimination of affirmative action has generated a strong and comprehensive line of research that documents empirically the educational benefits of diversity. This movement provides legal and value-free justification for use of race in admissions to public universities. Despite its legal persuasiveness, this body of work has not eradicated inequity in higher education outcomes for subordinated groups. Professor Bensimon will analyze the intractable nature of racial inequity in higher education as an organizational learning problem. She will then discuss research methods pioneered by the Center for Urban Education, which seeks to assist scholars and practitioners to address racial inequity and remediate institutional practices and campus cultures, structures, and policies.

Publications Related to this Forum

View Bensimon's article relevant to this forum: Estela Bensimon, "3 changes to get racial equity at California community colleges" (2016)