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Hillman to take part in Capitol Hill briefing Sept. 25 hosted by Civil Rights Project

September 24, 2018

UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman is taking part in a Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday, Sept. 25 examining policy changes from President Donald Trump’s administration that scholars fear could be closing the door to college for students of color.

The event, which is being hosted by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project, is being held in room 216 of the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

According to materials promoting the event: “The briefing will highlight targeted actions that have threatened affirmative action, claiming discrimination against Asians and whites, and will offer evidence of the negative impact of the revival of federal funding to for-profit colleges, budget changes that threaten HCBUs and Pell grants for incarcerated college students, and federal risk-sharing student loan proposals that will force colleges to screen out the students who most need support from the colleges that serve them. Each of these proposals has the potential to close the door to college for students of color.”  

Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE). He will be joining academics from across the nation in presenting their latest research on a range of topics.

Hillman will give a presentation titled, “How Accountability Can Increase Racial Inequality: The Care of Federal Risk-Sharing.”

Other topics that will be covered include:

  • “Minority Serving Institutions under Trump’s Presidency: Considerations for Current Policies and Future Actions,” from Andrés Castro Samayoa, Boston College
  • “In Consideration of Reinstating Pell for Incarcerated Students,” from Erin Corbett, Institute for Higher Education Policy
  • “Asian Americans and Race-Conscious Admission: Understanding the Conservative Opposition’s Strategy of Misinformation and Racial Division,” from OiYan Poon, Colorado State University
  • “The Impact of the PROSPER Act on Underrepresented Students in For-profit Colleges,” from Brian Pusser, University of Virginia

Those wishing to attend the event, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon, EST, are asked RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/PEbg95Zo6J6od1dA2

The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles (CRP) is co-directed by Gary Orfield and Patricia Gándara, professors at UCLA. Founded in 1996 at Harvard University, the CRP’s mission is to create a new generation of research in social science and law on the critical issues of civil rights and equal opportunity for racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

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