In the 2003 landmark Supreme Court case, Grutter v. Bollinger, the Court upheld affirmative action in the University of Michigan Law School admissions process as constitutional because the program furthered a compelling interest in obtaining ‘an educational benefit that flows from student body diversity.’ … If improving diversity, equity, and inclusion is one of our most urgent societal concerns, and neuroscience provides some of the most advanced tools to understand the brain and behavior, how should we be thinking about and shaping the future of diversity research? Is neuroscience the right tool? What does future research need to address? This panel will discuss what research and practice from psychology, education, and neuroscience can tell us about achieving the benefits and promises of diversity articulated in this seminal Court ruling.
Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University and Faculty Member at Columbia Law School
Dana E. Crawford, Clinical Psychologist and Scholar-in-Residence, Zuckerman Institute, Columbia University
Wanda Holland Greene, Head of School at The Hamlin School and Vice Chair of The Trustees of Columbia University
Elizabeth A. Phelps, Pershing Square Professor of Human Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Harvard University