2022 Symposium

Race & Education in the United States

The Journal of Law in Society at Wayne State University will host its 2022 Symposium March 9-11. The Symposium, Race & Education in the United States, will discuss different ways that race and education interact and how those interactions affect other aspects of society. 

More than 65 years have passed since Brown v. Board of Education and Brown II curtailed explicit racial segregation in American education. The civil rights battle over equal access to a quality education did not end with this decision, but rather evolved to focus on other issues such as busing, funding, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the right to literacy, among others.

Due to COVID-19, the 2022 symposium will be held online and consist of three panels over three days. Registration details for the individual events are below. 

Panel 1: Race in Education: Discussing race in schools today

Wednesday, March 9, noon


Panelists: Kyle Campbell, associate general counsel, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO; Richard Delgado, John J. Sparkman Chair of Law, University of Alabama; Erika Richmond, postdoctoral research associate, Center for Civil Rights, University of North Carolina; Jean Stefancic, professor and Clement Research Affiliate, University of Alabama.

Panel 2: Race of Education: Government's role in school administration & composition

Thursday, March 10, Noon


Panelists: Aaren Cassidy, interim assistant director, Campus School, University of Memphis; Erin Gianopoulos, attorney and graduate student, Wayne State University; Steven Nelson, associate professor of education law and education policy; Erika Wilson, professor of law, Wade Edwards Distinguished Scholar, Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy and director of clinical programs, University of North Carolina.

Panel 3: Race, Education, and Beyond: The ripple effects of racial policies in education

Friday, March 11, Noon


Panelists: Thalia Gonzalez, senior scholar, Center on Poverty and Inequality, Georgetown University Law Center; Peter Hammer, professor of law and director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, Wayne State University; Vinay Harpalani, associate professor of law, University of New Mexico; Paige Joki, staff attorney, Education Law Center; Nicole Tuchinda, visiting assistant professor of law, University of Memphis.

All panels will be moderated by Symposium Director Steven Nelson, Wayne State University Law School.

Each panel presentations will be followed by a Q&A.