2012 Conference

Advancing the Legacy of Mendez and Brown: A National Conference on School Diversity
Thursday, May 17, 2012, 9:00 AM
Georgetown University Law Center Washington, D.C.
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Welcoming Remarks

  • Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law, Georgetown University
  • Philip Tegeler, Executive Director, Poverty and Race Research Action Council

Framing Brown and Mendez in Contemporary Context: Policy Progress and Prospects

  • Damon Hewitt, Director of the Education Practice Group, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • James Ferg-Cadima, Regional Counsel (Washington, DC), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Seth Galanter, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education
  • Dianne Piche, Senior Counsel & Director of Education Programs, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Sharon Davies, Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity (moderator)

Supporting Pro-Integration Leaders in Diverse and Demographically Changing Schools

  • John Brittain, Professor of Law, Univ. of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (moderator)
  • Dr. Demond Means, Superintendent, Mequon, WI
  • Melissa Krull, Former Superintendent, Eden Prairie, MN
  • Del Burns, Former Superintendent, Wake County, NC
  • Erica Frankenberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Education Policy Studies, Pennsylvania State University College of Education


#1: Building Community Partnerships and Effectively Conveying Our Messages

  • Elizabeth Horton Sheff, Education Advocate, Hartford, CT
  • Martha McCoy, Executive Director, Everyday Democracy
  • Donna Nevel, Community psychologist and Coordinator, Participatory Action Research Center for Education Organizing in partnership with the Educational Leadership Program at Steinhardt/NYU
  • Brenda Shum, Senior Counsel, Educational Opportunities Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (moderator)

#2: Enforcement Priorities at the Office of Civil Rights and at the DOJ Civil Rights Division Read Summary

  • Anurima Bhargava, Chief, Educational Opportunities Section, Civil Rights Division at Department of Justice
  • Randolph Wills, Enforcement Director, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education
  • Elizabeth Haddix, Senior Attorney, UNC Center for Civil Rights
  • Joshua Civin, Counsel to the Director of Litigation, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (moderator)

#3: Promoting Cross-Racial Contact and Awareness Outside of School Watch Video

  • Jaime-Jin Lewis, Executive Director, Border Crossers
  • Jessy Molina, Outreach Director, Welcoming America
  • Ken Tanabe, President and Founder, Loving Day
  • Bill Tobin, Visiting Research Fellow, Social Science Research Institute, Duke University
  • Susan Eaton, Co-Director, One Nation Indivisible (facilitator)

#4: Designing and Funding High Quality, Diverse Magnet Programs Read Summary

  • George Coleman, Consultant to the Connecticut Commissioner of Education Handout
  • Bruce Douglas, Executive Director, Capitol Region Education Council
  • Marilynn Smith, Magnet Program Coordinator, District 197 – West St. Paul
  • Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University (moderator)

#5: It’s Complicated: Untangling the Discourse about Neighborhood Schools and Diversity Read Summary

  • Mary Filardo, Executive Director, 21st Century School Fund
  • Lisa Donlan, President, District 1 Community Education Council, NYC
  • Jennifer Jellison Holme, Assistant Professor Educational Policy and Planning, University of Texas at Austin
  • Myron Orfield, Professor of Law and Director, Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota Law School
  • Lia Epperson, Associate Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law (moderator)

#6: Beyond Black and White: Advocating for Integration in Latino and Asian American Communities

  • Quyen Dinh, Education Policy Advocate, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
  • Patricia Gandara, Co-Director, Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles UCLA
  • David Hinojosa, Regional Counsel (San Antonio, TX), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Jamie Lew, Associate Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University
  • Khin Mai Aung, Director, Educational Equity and Youth Rights Project, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (co-facilitator)
  • James Ferg-Cadima, Regional Counsel (Washington, DC), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (co-facilitator)

Parallel Movements: Incorporating School Integration into School Reform Agendas

  • Richard Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation
  • Deborah Vagins, Senior Legislative Counsel, American Civil Liberties Union, Washington Legislative Office
  • Derek Black, Associate Professor of Law, Howard Univ. Law School
  • Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • James Forman Jr., Clinical Professor of Law, Yale Law School (moderator)


#7: Increasing Cultural Competence, Proficiency and Equity in Integrated Schools

  • Dr. Josephine Bowens Lewis, Founder, Center for Cooperative Change; Consultant, Visions, Inc.
  • Dr. Eric Cooper, President and Founder, National Urban Alliance
  • Dr. Willis Hawley, Professor Emeritus, Education and Public Policy, University of Maryland; Director, Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Diverse Students Initiative
  • Dr. Julie Kailin, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Leticia Smith-Evans, Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (facilitator)

#8: Diverse Charter Schools: an Emerging Model Read Summary

  • Julie Mead, Professor and Chair, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Allison Kell, Co-Director, Community Roots Charter School
  • Halley Potter, Policy Associate, Century Foundation
  • Rachel Godsil, Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law (moderator)

#9: Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing: Acknowledging Experiences with Court-Ordered Desegregation Read Summary

  • Donna Bivens, Meghan Doran, and Jacqui Lindsay, Boston Busing/Desegregation Project
  • Vanessa Siddle Walker, Professor of History of American Education and of Qualitative Research Methods, Emory University
  • David Tipson, Director, New York Appleseed (facilitator)

#10: Design and Implementation of School Assignment Plans Post-PICS Watch Video

  • Michael Alves, School Diversity Consultant, Boston, MA
  • Dena Dossett, Director of Planning, Jefferson County Public Schools
  • john powell, Director, Haas Center for Diversity & Inclusion
  • Jocelyn Samuels, Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice
  • Dennis Parker, Director, Racial Justice Program, American Civil Liberties Union (moderator)

#11: Diversity in Early Education Read Summary

  • Jeanne Reid, Ed.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Center for Children and Families, Teacher’s College at Columbia University PPT
  • Josephine DiPietro-Smith, Principal, Reggio Magnet School, Avon, CT Video
  • Erin Hardy, Senior Research Associate, Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University PPT
  • Dr. Jerlean Daniel, Executive Director, National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Lauren Hogan, Director of Public Policy, National Black Child Development Institute (moderator)

The Future of School Integration: A Dialogue

  • Gary Orfield, Co-Director, Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA
  • john powell, Director, Haas Center for Diversity and Inclusion at the Univ. of California-Berkeley
  • David Hinojosa, Regional Counsel (San Antonio, TX), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Tanya Clay House, Public Policy Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • James Ryan, Professor of Law, Univ. of Virginia School of Law (moderator)