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Howard Weighs In on Affirmative Action Debate


By organizing a high-powered symposium that includes
William Gray of The College Fund, Christopher Edley Jr. of the Harvard
School of Law, and Luther Williams of the National Science Foundation,
Howard University has begun an examination of whether African Americans
and other under-represented groups will continue to have access to
graduate education.

Organizer of the forum, Dr. Orlando L. Taylor, dean of the Howard
University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, said in a written
statement announcing the symposium, “In the current anti-affirmative
action environment, graduate schools will have to develop creative and
innovative approaches to enhancing inclusion in graduate education.”

The symposium will be held on April 29 in Howard’s School of
Business and will feature, in addition to those listed above: Dr.
Antoine Garibaldi, Howard’s provost; Dr. Kenneth S. Tollett, professor
of higher education at Howard; Eleanor Horne, senior vice president of
the Educational Testing Service; and Charlena Seymour, dean of the
graduate school at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

The symposium was prompted by recent court decisions that ended
affirmative action in higher education in California, Texas,
Mississippi, and Louisiana.

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