Thursday, October 18, 2001

Meeting studies college diversity

By Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        For the next few days, Cincinnati will be the center for demonstrations and discussions about diversity on college campuses.

        Starting today, more than 1,000 deans, college presidents and top educators will be attending the American Council on Education's (ACE) annual conference. The three-day meeting, themed “Affirming Diversity in the 21st Century,” will focus primarily on affirmative action and retention strategies for students of color.

        Among the speakers: National Urban League President Hugh B. Price, Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell and Procter & Gamble Chairman John Pepper. Parts of the gathering downtown, at the Hyatt Regency and at the Albert B. Sabin Cincinnati Convention Center, are open to the public.

        On Saturday, Ohio State University President William E. Kirwan will speak about orrecting inequities in education resources, so all students are prepared for a knowledge-intensive workplace.

        On Monday, affirmative-action supporters will mobilize at Northern Kentucky University for a 2 p.m. rally to speak out against two lawsuits challenging the University of Michigan's affirmative-action admissions policies. That rally precedes youth-led protests scheduled for Tuesday on Fountain Square and outside the Federal Courthouse, downtown.

        The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in the two affirmative-action cases on Tuesday. The court's decision will determine whether affirmative action is maintained in the Sixth Circuit, which covers Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.

        The Rev. Jesse Jackson is expected to be the featured speaker at noon on the square. Organizers say he will be joined by thousands of college and high school students and youth leaders from around the country.


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