Episode 34: "Affirmative (In)Action?"- A Conversation W/ Dr. Julie J. Park

In recent years, affirmative action has re-emerged as a hot topic in the world of higher education. However, debates about race and affirmative action in higher education are often clouded by myths and misconceptions. Today, we focus on the facts and have an open conversation about diversity on college campuses by interviewing Dr. Julie J. Park, an associate professor of education at the University of Maryland, College Park. We begin by discussing the importance of racial diversity in higher education (24:19) and her forthcoming book— Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data (26:45). We then have an in-depth conversation about affirmative action, including the role of race in admissions (31:55) and whether some groups are especially disadvantaged by race-conscious admissions (33:52). We also discuss meritocracy and the factors that might impact a students’ ability to meet more narrow definitions of merit (42:45), equity and fairness within the admissions process (49:30) and how to foster racial diversity, belonging, and inclusiveness on campus (53:10).

Other Topics Include:

00:30 - Catch Up with Ty and Daphne

02:45 - “Oh Lawd” News (Aretha Franklin’s Funeral Edition)

13:03 - Introduction of the Topic

19:40 - Learn more about Professor Julie J. Park

1:00:00 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview


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