Right now Charles Daye and Abigail Painter of the Educational Diversity Project at UNC are presenting on the topic “Diversity is about education benefits, not quantity.” Daye gave a brief historical summary of the courts’ handling of enrollment for diversity. He took issue with the Hopwood opinion, where it equated making race as an enrollment factor with making blood type or physical size an enrollment factor. Daye said that race, because of how it is treated in America, is much likelier to shape a person’s experiences than blood type or height.
Painter gave a presentation of research polling data about students in terms of racial issues. I missed the beginning portion of this presentation, but many of the question asked about students’ experiences and perceptions with regard to race.