Diversity, Equity, and Excellence: College Learning and America's Unmet Promise

A LEAP Centennial Forum Cosponsored by AAC&U and The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

April 15, 2015
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

“Students of color and students from low-income families will soon form the majority of the nation’s college-eligible learners. Their fortunes will shape—for better or worse—America’s economic and global future. These students are democracy’s hope and America’s future.  They need and deserve the advantages of a horizon-expanding higher education. They need and deserve a twenty-first-century liberal education.”
Carol Geary Schneider, President of AAC&U

This forum is the second in a series of events AAC&U is sponsoring as part of its Centennial Year. It will bring together educational, policy, civic, and business leaders to examine the learning all college students need to thrive in a knowledge economy and participate actively and responsibly in a diverse and global society. Participants will examine economic trends both nationally and in the state of California and the implications of those trends for educational policy and practice.

Central to the forum will be a searching dialogue on “the equity imperative”—the need for stronger leadership to ensure that all students, including those from groups traditionally underserved by our educational systems, receive the kinds of experiences—high-impact educational experiences—that will position them for success. The forum will also feature the best examples of promising programs, practices, and policies in California—programs and policies that deserve support and that can be scaled to serve more of California’s traditionally underrepresented students.


This Forum is supported by gifts from the following foundations: Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Charles Engelhard Foundation, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and The Teagle Foundation.