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April 4, 2003

Impact of Michigan case to be discussed at diversity forum

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments involving the affirmative action admissions policies of the University of Michigan and is expected to make a decision on the issue by late June.

The potential impact that decision will have on Iowa State is the topic of the next campus conversation on diversity, set for Wednesday, April 9, in the Memorial Union Sun Room.

President Gregory Geoffroy will moderate a panel discussion beginning at 12:40 p.m. and titled "Affirmative Action and the Supreme Court: What Does It Mean for ISU?"

The panel will include Carla Espinoza, assistant VP for human resource services and director of equal opportunity and diversity; Paul Tanaka, university counsel; and Marc Harding, director of admissions. The panel presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session, and the event will conclude at 2 p.m.

Those attending are invited to a buffet-style lunch served in the Great Hall between 11:30 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. There is no charge for lunch, but lunch registration is required. Faculty and staff should register online via AccessPlus ( Click on "Employee," "Prof Dvlp Rgstr," "Search Courses" and type "diversity."

Students should register via e-mail to

The forum is the third campus conversation on diversity since January. Geoffroy launched the series, saying he wanted to elevate the campus conversation about diversity.

For more information on the April 9 event, contact Tom Hill, vice president for student affairs, 4-4420.

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