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August 08, 2000


The Facts About Affirmative Action in Employment and Education

Washington, DC - August 8, 2000 - Affirmative action remains one of the most contentious issues of public policy. It is hotly debated on talk shows, in op-ed pieces, and in news reports on and off the campaign trail. Typically, discussions are based on popular myths and misconceptions, with little or no grounding in empirical reality.

This media briefing seeks to add the "voice" of data and present the latest in research on affirmative action. The facts and findings about affirmative action in employment and education presented here are new and merit attention by the public and policymakers alike.

Three prominent sociologists, all experts on affirmative action, presented their work in a special media briefing on Monday, August 14th at 11:30 at the Marriott Wardman Hotel as part of the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in Washington DC.


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