HEOC: Talk by Michaele Turnage Young on Legal Aspects of Considering Diversity in Higher Education

NAACP Legal Defense Fund senior defense lawyer and co-author of amicus briefs in SFFA v. Harvard to speak at UCLA on desegregation, educational benefits of diversity, Dec. 3.

The Division of Higher Education and Organizational Change (HEOC) at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies co-presents a talk by Michaele N. Turnage Young, senior counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., at UCLA on Monday, Dec. 3, 4-6 p.m. in the Palisades Room A-B, at Carnesale Commons. Turnage will share her perspectives on “The Harvard Admissions Lawsuit: The Latest Frontier in the Battle Over Equal Access to Higher Education.”

The co-author of amicus briefs of behalf of 25 Harvard student and alumni organizations in SFFA v. Harvard, Turnage Young argued that the court should uphold settled law allowing universities to consider race, as one of many factors, in admissions so that universities can assemble diverse student bodies and students can enjoy the educational benefits of diversity.

Turnage Young represents Black parents and children in school desegregation cases in Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. She also served as counsel in Terrebonne Parish Branch NAACP v. Jindal, wherein the court held that Louisiana violated the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act when it intentionally discriminated against Terrebonne’s Black voters by using at-large voting to elect the five judges of the 32nd Judicial District Court, the state court that serves Terrebonne, even though that voting scheme diminishes the voting power of Terrebonne’s Black voters.

This event is co-presented by UCLA African American Studies; the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA; the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment; UCLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; UCLA Social Sciences; and UCLA Undergraduate Education.

Admission to this event is free; however registration is requested to attend. To attend this event, register at Eventbrite.