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18,190 Days: Brown v. Board of Education

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Friday, March 05, 2004

On the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, this panel discussion considers the topic "18,190 Days of (de)Segregation: How Far Have We Come?" with Angelo Ancheta, Mitchell Chang, Vanessa Siddle Walker, and Charles Willie.

Professor Ancheta's teaching and research focuses on constitutional law, civil rights, racial discrimination, and immigrants' rights. Prior to his academic career, he was a legal services and civil rights attorney, and specialized in immigration law and appellate advocacy. From 1994 to 1998, he was the executive director of the San Francisco-based Asian Law Caucus, and was previously a staff attorney at nonprofit legal services organizations in both Northern and Southern California.
Mitchell J. Chang is Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change at the University of California, Los Angeles and also holds a joint appointment in the Asian American Studies Department. He previously worked as an Associate Dean at Loyola Marymount University and school evaluator at Alum Rock Union Elementary School District in San Jose, California. Chang's research focuses on the educational efficacy of diversity-related initiatives on college campuses and how to apply those best practices toward advancing student learning and democratizing institutions. He has written over fifty articles and book chapters, and has served on several editorial boards, including The Review of Higher Education, Liberal Education, Equity & Excellence, and Amerasia. He also served as the lead editor of Compelling Interest: Examining the Evidence on Racial Dynamics in Higher Education (with D. Witt, J. Jones, & K. Hakuta, 2003: Stanford University Press).
Charles Vert Willie is the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education, Emeritus. He is a sociologist whose areas of research include desegregation, higher education, public health, race relations, urban community problems, and family life. Before coming to HGSE, he was chairman of the Department of Sociology and vice president of student affairs at Syracuse University. He was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the President's Commission on Mental Health and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Social Science Research Council. He also has served as vice president of the American Sociological Association and president of the Eastern Sociological Society. Willie has served as a consultant, expert witness, and court-appointed master in major school desegregation cases in larger cities such as Boston, Hartford, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Little Rock, Milwaukee, San Jose, Seattle, and St. Louis; and in other municipalities such as St. Lucie County and Lee County, Florida, and Somerville, Cambridge, and Brockton, Massachusetts. Willie is the author or editor of over 100 articles and 30 books on issues of race, gender, socioeconomic status, religion, education, urban communities, and family relations. Willie identifies himself as an applied sociologist who is concerned with solving social problems.