Centering Student Voices in the Movement for Equal Opportunity

Centering Student Voices in the Movement for Equal Opportunity

Those were the exact words uttered by Mayah Lubin, who is the Higher Education Equity Senior Coordinator at the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

In our first Listening Tour stop – where New America is conducting a series of interviews with affirmative action policy experts to learn more about their work and what the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision will mean for the future of higher education – we had the opportunity to chat and learn more about Mayah and her on-the-ground work to protect students’ rights to equal opportunity.

Whether advocating for basic needs as the Black Student Union (BSU) President at Mississippi State University or creating initiatives to remove barriers to access and improve persistence rates for marginalized and underserved communities at top-tier public and private universities, Mayah is not new to the space of ensuring students of color have equal opportunity in achieving postsecondary success.

In this interview, Mayah expressed how these cases put equal opportunity under attack and how campus-based programming that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion could be on the chopping block more now than ever, even with some states introducing and passing legislation to ban such programming as it already exists at some campuses.

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