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From Affirmative Action to Strategic Diversity Leadership: A New Model of Diversity in the Academy - Damon A. Williams, Vice Provost & Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Posted: 4/14/2014 2:09 PM

As we consider the key diversity issues of access, equity, and inclusion, it is clear that the sun is fast setting on affirmative action. From the end to quotas and dualistic processes to the rise of holistic review and diversity as a “black box bonus factor”, the power of affirmative action has been, since its inception, gradually eroded. And though the need for some form of equity framework remains great, the spirit of the times, the voice of the courts, and the commentary of public opinion signal the end of affirmative action—particularly as it relates to race consciousness.

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