Center on Race and Social Problems

Diversity and Racial Justice in the 21st Century University Summer Institute

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On July 12 at the Center on Race and Social Problems, an outstanding panel of national leaders shared the latest research and information aimed at reducing racial disparities in higher education access, persistence, and faculty representation. The Center invited participants to earn six (6) continuing education credit hours and learn through collegial discussion with colleagues who share challenges and passion.  

The morning keynote address and panel presentation engaged participants in discussions of racial equity issues in higher education. Afternoon workshops focused on specific issues such as admissions, student persistence, K-12 preparation, and faculty supports.

Keynote speaker:

  • Kedra Ishop, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management, University of Michigan


  • Liliana GarcesPenn State University; Affirmative action and admissions policies
  • Richard Reddick, University of Texas at Austin; Faculty of Color retention and advancement
  • Gina Garcia, University of Pittsburgh; Student of Color campus life and persistence
  • Jason Lee, Detroit Area Pre-Engineering Program; Rigorous K-12 supports for college success

Additional Presenters

  • Karina ChavezExecutive Director, Pittsburgh Council of Higher Education
  • Saleem GhubrilExecutive Director, The Pittsburgh Promise

Registration: $149 for (6) CE credits; limited financial aid was offered.

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