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BSA sponsors affirmative action symposium

Date released: 02/06/04

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS — The Black Student Alliance at Texas State University-San Marcos will present “Affirmative Action: Now? Or Never?” an interdisciplinary symposium 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theater.

The program will feature an opening address by Texas State President Denise Trauth and a distinguished interdisciplinary panel discussing affirmative action in concept and delivery and its future at Texas State. Panelists include Shannon Fitzpatrick, Attorney for Students; Gilda Garcia, Ph.D., Director of Equity and Access; Christie Kangas, director of admissions; Barbara Lyman, Ph.D., associate dean of the Graduate College; James Studer, Ph.D., vice president of Student Affairs; Jorge Valadez, Ph.D., professor of philosophy, Our Lady of the Lake University; Kenneth Ward, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science; and Dwight Watson, Ph.D, assistant professor of history. The panel will be moderated by Jeffrey Gordon, Ph.D., professor of philosophy and NEH distinguished teaching professor in the humanities.

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions last summer in the University of Michigan cases, the debate over affirmative action has loomed large on the national landscape. The symposium will attempt to address such questions as: What is affirmative action in 2004? Is affirmative action a sound ideal, aiming to redress the crippling effects of generations of inequity, or is it reverse discrimination, destined to create and intensify racial hostility? Has it been successful in advancing its national goals? Does it and should it have a role in our university’s commitment to diversity?

For further information, please contact Christopher Jones II, President, Black Student Alliance, at (512) 408-6940.