Wicked Problem: Affirmative Action — Who Wins?
In this new Aspen Ideas format, all attendees gather each morning to kick off the day by exploring a current issue of deep complexity. This year, the Supreme Court is once again considering the constitutionality of race-based affirmative action programs, and its ruling may have a profound impact on the makeup of America’s most selective colleges and universities. How should merit be evaluated? What should race be considered a proxy for? And how can we achieve the benefits that flow from students of different backgrounds and experiences learning together?
Sarah ZearfossSenior Assistant Dean, University of Michigan Law School
David LeonhardtSenior Writer, The New York Times
Richard KahlenbergScholar, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy
Jeannie Suk GersenLaw Professor, Harvard
Imani PerryAfrican American Studies Professor, Princeton University