Speaker asks whether institutions can achieve diversity without giving preference to race, gender

Juan E. Gilbert

Juan E. Gilbert

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 7, 2008 – Juan E. Gilbert of Auburn University, the developer of a data mining tool called Applications Quest, will visit Virginia Tech on Tuesday, April 22, to demonstrate how the tool works and lead a discussion on holistic approaches to achieving diversity in education.

Updated location: This session's location has changed to Brush Mountain Room A in Squires Student Center.

His talk, “Achieving Diversity in the New Affirmative Action Era,” will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Brush Mountain Room A in Squires Student Center. It is part two of the Post-Michigan Series and is co-sponsored by the Office for Equal Opportunity, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence.

Gilbert’s tool allows the use of race/ethnicity, gender, or any other attributes to be considered in admissions, school assignments, employee hiring, or other application processing areas without preferences to race or gender.

The event is free and open to the public. For registration information, e-mail Tabatha Stanley or call 540-231-8440.