University of Redlands

Dr. Liliana Garces to speak about racial diversity and policy in higher education

Dr. Liliana Garces will share research findings during her presentation, “Navigating the Quicksand: How Postsecondary Administrators Understand the Influence of Affirmative Action Developments on Racial Diversity Work,” at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24 in the Casa Loma Room at the University of Redlands. This is part of the School of Education’s Center for Educational Justice Ed.D. Speaker Series and is free and open to the public. 

Garces will discuss how many colleges and universities are responding to a legal and policy environment that seeks to end the consideration of race in education policies by adopting race-neutral policies and practices in admissions, even when not explicitly required to do so by law. Garces will share findings from one her most recent studies, which examines how these responses are influencing diversity work in areas outside of admissions in ways that have important consequences for racial diversity and racial equity on college campuses. 

Garces is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin and affiliate faculty at the University of Texas School of Law. Her research — focused on the dynamics of law and educational policy — examines access, diversity, and equity policies for underserved populations in higher education and the use and influence of research in law.