WMU News

UM attorney speaks on diversity on college campuses

May 23, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Jonathan Alger, assistant general counsel at the University of Michigan, will address various diversity and affirmative action issues pertaining to education during a presentation from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, in the Fetzer Center's Kirsch Auditorium at Western Michigan University.

The presentation, called "Diversity: Where Excellence and Equality Meet," is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer period will immediately follow the talk, which is being sponsored by WMU's Council for Institutional Diversity and Multiculturalism.

Alger coordinates Michigan's affirmative action lawsuits. He was heavily involved in the two lawsuits challenging UM's admissions policies that were decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in June, 2003, and upheld the right of universities to consider race in admissions procedures to achieve a diverse student body.

In addition, Alger has been at the forefront nationally in analyzing the impact of those landmark decisions on admissions, financial aid, recruitment and retention programs for colleges and universities. Prior to joining the UM staff, he served as chief counsel for the American Association of University Professors in Washington, D.C., where he provided guidance to institutions on faculty-related policies and issues.

For more information, call Ronicka Hamilton in WMU's Division of Multicultural Affairs at (269) 387-4421.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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