C4: Diversity Symposium: Affirmative Action, Banned Books, and Mexican American Studies: The Current State of Diversity and Education in America (sponsored by LexisNexis)
The Diversity Symposium will provide a brief overview of how affirmative action and multi-cultural studies affect diversity in the professional world. The session will touch upon the expected U.S. Supreme Court decision in Fisher V. University of Texas, which could eliminate the use of race-conscious admissions policies. Next, discussion will turn to the Tucson Unified School District ending its Mexican American Studies programs in order to comply with a 2010 Arizona law banning the use of books that teach so-called "anti-American" values. Panelists will discuss how the teaching of ethnic literature and history helps young students to grow into balanced, intelligent citizens and professionals with an understanding of America's complex history. Finally, the Symposium will wrap up by shifting focus to the "pipeline" of future professionals, and how diversity in education affects diversity in the workplace.
Takeaway 1: Participants will examine the controversy over banned textbooks in Tucson, Arizona, and the larger struggle over the fate of Mexican American studies in Arizona high schools.
Takeaway 2: Participants will explore the impact of diversity/affirmative action on education and society.
Takeaway 3: Participants will understand how diversity in education affects diversity in the workplace.
One of the leading commentators on race in the United States, Richard Delgado has appeared on Good Morning America, the MacNeil-Lehrer Report, PBS, NPR, the Fred Friendly Show, and Canadian NPR.
Author of over one hundred fifty journal articles and twenty seven books, his work has been praised or reviewed in The Nation, The New Republic, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal. His books have won eight national book prizes, including six Gustavus Myers Awards for outstanding book on human rights in North America, the American Library Association’s Outstanding Academic Book, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. His career and book, The Rodrigo Chronicles, were described by Stanley Fish in the following terms:
"Richard Delgado is a triple pioneer. He was the first to question free speech ideology; he and a few others invented critical race theory; and he is both a theorist and an exemplar of the importance of storytelling in the workings of the law. This volume brings all of Delgado’s strengths together in a stunning performance."
Delgado lives with his wife, legal writer Jean Stefancic, in Seattle, Washington where he holds the title of University Professor at Seattle University School of Law.
Ulysses N. Jaen is Ave Maria School of Law Library’s Head of Public Services. He started his position on August 1, 2012, and brings over 30 years of experience to the School. He has worked as an entrepreneur, business manager and legal professional, taught in the Master’s in Legal Studies program at West Virginia University, and lectured on a variety of Advanced Legal Research topics while working for WVU. He worked for the Law Office of Hamstead, Williams & Shook from 2009 to 2012 and for the Law Offices of Angotti & Straface from 2006 to 2009. He worked at the WVU College of Law Library from 2005 to 2012 before joining the Law School.
Mr. Jaen received his J.D. and a Master’s in Public Administration from West Virginia University. He completed his M.I.L.S., with an emphasis in leadership, from Florida State University. He was a Court appointed mediator and is a Special Advocate for abused and neglected children. Mr. Jaen is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Hispanic Bar Association, the American Association of Law Libraries (current member of the Diversity committee executive board until 2014), and South Eastern Chapter of AALL (SEAALL) and has presented at numerous conferences, and for various organizations and agencies.