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August 08, 2000
The Facts About Affirmative Action in Employment and Education
About the American Sociological AssociationThe American Sociological Association (www.asanet.org),
founded in 1905, is a non-profit membership association dedicated to
serving sociologists in their work, advancing sociology as a science
and profession, and promoting the contributions to and use of sociology by society.
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.
- Barbara F. Reskin is Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and
President-Elect of the American Sociological Association. Reskin served as
Study Director, Committee on Women's Employment and Related Social Issues, for
the National Academy of Sciences. Her publications on gender and race
inequality, sex segregation, and affirmative action, including The Realities
of Affirmative Action in Employment, are major contributions to social
- Nancy DiTomaso is Professor of Organization Management at Rutgers
University. Past President of the Society for the Advancement of
Socio-Economics, Dr. DiTomaso's specialties include the management of diversity
and change. Her current research on racial inequality without racism is among
the most significant studies underway on white men and affirmative action.
- Troy Duster is Professor of Sociology at the University of California,
Berkeley and at New York University. A member of the Assembly of Behavioral
and Social Sciences of the National Academy of Sciences, he also serves on the
Board of Directors of the American Colleges and Universities. Duster is
nationally known for his work on diversity in higher education.
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