SMU co-hosts 2009 Higher Education Symposium March 3-5

Three Texas universities and a federal agency will meet to explore best practices for achieving equal access and opportunity in the 2009 Higher Education Symposium. “Achieving Equality – Yes, We Can!” takes place March 3-5 at Dallas’ Radisson Hotel Central, 6060 North Central Expressway.

SMU, the University of Texas-Austin and the University of North Texas join with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs for college and university administrators in the areas of affirmative action, athletics, campus security, diversity and equity, equal employment opportunity, human resources, legal and labor relations, and risk management.

Cal Jillson, professor of political science in SMU’s Dedman College, will talk about the effect of the Obama presidency on equal opportunity and affirmative action. University Director of Human Resources Jeff Strese will discuss how to leverage technology to advance HR practices and minimize risk. In addition, students from SMU’s Dedman School of Law and UNT will present a moot court demonstration.

The symposium cost is $275 for all 3 days. Register online and find more information at SMU’s Institutional Access and Equity website.