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On Monday, March 25, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host the 2019 Nancy Cantor Lecture – What is Diversity Worth in Higher Education? at 4 p.m. in the Rackham Amphitheater.

The Nancy Cantor Distinguished Lectureship on Intellectual Diversity honors Cantor, former U-M provost, for her outstanding contributions to the University community and unwavering commitment to diversity.

This year’s lecture panel will focus on the investment of diversity in higher education and its outcomes. Moderated by Earl Lewis, panelists include Mark Perry, UM-Flint Professor of economics and finance; Rick Sander, UCLA Professor of Law; Margo Schlanger, U-M Professor of Law; and Roger Worthington, former Chief Diversity officer for University of Maryland -College Park.


Earl Lewis is noted social historian, author and academic leader who rejoined the University of Michigan faculty in March 2019 following his term as President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation A professor of history and Afroamerican and African Studies, Lewis is a passionate advocate of the arts, humanities and higher education. [MORE]


Mark Perry is a professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the University of Michigan-Flint, where he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in economics and finance since 1996. Perry is also an American Enterprise Institute Scholar, and creator and editor of the economics blog Carpe Diem. [MORE]


Margo Schlanger is the Wade H. and Dores M. McCree Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan. She is a leading authority on civil rights issues and civil and criminal detention who joined the Law School faculty in 2009. Schlanger founded and heads the Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse. [MORE]


Richard Sander, is an economist and professor of law at UCLA. He is a leading authority on two issues where race, law, and social policy intersect: affirmative action in higher education, and the persistence of housing segregation in urban America. [MORE]



Roger Worthington, is the founder and executive director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education and professor in the College of Education at the University of Maryland. Worthington was a founding member of the board of directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, served as chief diversity officer at two public research universities, and is the principal author of the Standards of Professional Practice for CDOs. [MORE]