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(Virtual) The Future of Affirmative Action: What’s at Stake?

July 11, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join DAIP for a virtual conversation with legal experts ahead of the SCOTUS decisions in two cases that will determine the constitutionality of race-conscious university admissions policies, which is often referred to as affirmative action. Since the 1960s and 70s, affirmative action has led to increased equity in the admissions process, more diverse student bodies, and more enriching learning experiences for all students. Join us for a conversation about the anticipated impacts of blocking affirmative action–on admissions practices, student experiences, workforce pipeline, workplaces, and more. 

This conversation will feature: 

  • Moderator Ralph Tavares Jr. (Equity & Inclusive Excellence Manager, Diversified Search Group) has spent two decades creating equity and access in higher education for students of color. 
  • Panelist Diana J. Hassel (Professor, Roger Williams University School of Law) is a legal expert in constitutional law and civil rights litigation.
  • Panelist Michael J. Yelnosky (Professor, Roger Williams University School of Law) is a founding member of the RWU law faculty, and a legal expert in employment and labor law, employment discrimination law, and judicial selection.

This program has been submitted for HRCI and SHRM CE credits. 



Virtual, over Zoom



Kevin Matta


Kevin Matta  (he, him, his) is a strategic differentiator, comfortable challenging the status quo, and brings both passion and experience to ensure client success and human engagement with his brilliant ability to make connections.

Kevin’s interest in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion work developed as he witnessed his parents encounter inequities and injustices while navigating the American healthcare and workplace landscape. His passion for this work continues to be strengthened by the systemic injustices people around the world continue to experience.

Kevin serves as president of DAIP’s board of directors.