The 28th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights
The Civil Rights Act 50 Years Later: Education and Empowerment
Sweatt v. Painter was the landmark case that ruled in favor of Heman Marion Sweatt, securing his admission as the first African American to the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. That suit paved the way for Brown v. the Board of Education and later for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It is only fitting that this year’s Sweatt Symposium will focus on the Civil Rights Act and the sweeping changes in education that it brought about.
March 28: Diversity in Higher Education Post-Fisher
The first session of the 28th Annual Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights will be held on March 28 in conjunction with the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, the University of Michigan, the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, Civil Rights Clinic, and the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.
The day-long event will focus on the future of access to opportunity through higher education. Texas is on the forefront of national demographic shifts and a bellwether state for diversity in higher education, especially since the University of Texas at Austin was a party in the U. S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas.
We are bringing together scholars, advocates, educators and students to examine contemporary debates involving diversity in higher education. In addition to examining the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher and the questions currently before the Fifth Circuit, panels will explore race-based versus class-based affirmative action, achieving diversity through race-neutral admissions plans and the ripple effects of diversity in higher education. Marta Tienda, a Princeton sociologist who has studied the impact of the Texas Top 10% law as well as the role of diversity in higher education will provide the keynote address.