Achieving Equity in Education: The Resurgence of Civil Rights & Education in the Obama Administration

Achieving Equity in Education: The Resurgence of Civil Rights & Education in the Obama Administration

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Date and Time

  • Monday, October 24, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.


Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




USD Black Law Students Association invites you to a presentation by Russlynn Ali, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights for the Department of Education. Ali enforces all anti-discrimination laws related to civil rights to ensure equitable treatment in education across race, gender, national origin, and disability. Ali drew national attention by using the civil rights codes to implement sweeping federal guidance that helps schools prevent and respond to sexual violence towards women.

Russlynn Ali imagePresident Obama has called education "the most important civil rights issue of our generation." Citing Brown v. The Board of Education and the Little Rock Nine, President Obama said, "There is a reason the story of the civil rights movement was written in our schools. It's because there is no stronger weapon against inequality and no better path to opportunity than an education that can unlock a child's God-given potential." Secretary Ali will discuss equity in education, anti-discrimination laws, and the current civil rights policies of the Obama Administration.

About Russlynn Ali

Russlyn Ali is the Department of Education's top civil rights officer. Prior to being appointed by President Obama in March 2009, Secretary Ali served as the director of the Education Trust in West Oakland, Calif., where she aggressively worked to narrow the achievement gap that separated Latino and African-American students from their peers.

Previously, Ali was a teacher, served as the liaison for the president of the Children's Defense Fund, as assistant director of policy and research at the Broad Foundation, and as chief of staff to the president of the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education. She has also taught at the University of Southern California Law Center and the University of California at Davis.

In the legal field, Ali was a contract attorney at Bird, Marella, Boxer and Wolpert, deputy co-director and counsel at the Advancement Project at English, Munger & Rice, and an attorney at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, all in Los Angeles. Ali is a member of the California State Bar.

Ali received her JD from Northwestern University School of Law, where she was awarded the Lowden-Wigmore Prize for Trial Advocacy and was a Julius Miner Moot Court Finalist. She received her bachelor's degree in law and society from the American University. She also attended Spelman College.


Presentation – 5:00 p.m.
Warren Auditorium
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall

Reception – 6:30 p.m.
Bishop Buddy Sala Reception Area
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall


The event is free, but advanced reservations are required to attend.

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NOTE: There are three different tram routes, but ALL of them will stop at the corner in front of Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, so feel free to take the first one that you see.


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