Message from Chancellor Cantor
Several years ago the Campus Committee on Diversity made several important recommendations to the campus leadership. Among those recommendations was that the campus make a special effort to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's monumental decision in Brown v. Board of Education. On May 17, 1954, the Court handed down its decision finding de jure segregation to be unconstitutional.
I was particularly struck by the Diversity Committee's recommendation regarding Brown. The Brown decision was one of the great defining landmarks of the twentieth century. It seems fitting for our institution and community to devote the 2003-2004 academic year to events and activities that both celebrate the great strides that have flowed from the Brown decision and the unfinished work that remains before us.
Last year I asked Dean Susan Fowler of the College of Education and Professor Thomas Ulen of the College of Law to co-chair a committee to coordinate the campus and community events commemorating Brown in the 2003-2004 academic year. They have assembled a Steering Committee -- Reg Alston, Kathryn Anthony, Rene Bowser, Vernon Burton, Walt Harrington, Masumi Iriye, Sarah Mangelsdorf, Larry Parker, and Kathy Perkins. The Committee has already made great progress in planning events for the coming academic year. Committee representatives have met with leaders of every campus college and most administrative units to discuss and coordinate ways in which the entire campus can be involved in this initiative