• Panel Discussion

    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


                                                    Richard Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow, Century Foundation


    Richard D. Kahlenberg has been called “the intellectual father of the economic integration movement”in K-12 schooling, and arguably the nation's chief proponent of class-based affirmative action in higher education admissions." He is also an authority on teachers’ unions, private school vouchers, charter schools, turnaround school efforts, labor organizing anda inequality in higher education.

    He is the author of five books:Why Labor Organizing Should Be a Civil Right: Rebuilding a Middle-Class Democracy by Enhancing Worker Voice (with Moshe Marvit) (Century Foundation Press, 2012); Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race and Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2007); All Together Now: Creating Middle Class Schools through Public School Choice (Brookings Institution Press, 2001); The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action(Basic Books, 1996); and Broken Contract: A Memoir of Harvard Law School(Hill & Wang/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992.)

    In addition, Kahlenberg is the editor of nine Century Foundation books: Bridging the Higher Education Divide: Strengthening Community Colleges and Restoring the American Dream, Chaired by Anthony Marx and Eduardo Padron (Executive Director) (2013); The Future of School Integration: Socioeconomic Diversity as an Education Reform Strategy (2012)Affirmative Action for the Rich: Legacy Preferences in College Admissions (2010); Rewarding Strivers: Helping Low-Income Students Succeed in College (2010); Improving on No Child Left Behind: Getting Education Reform Back on Track (2008); America’s Untapped Resource: Low-Income Students in Higher Education (2004);Public School Choice vs. Private School Vouchers (2003); Divided We Fail: Coming Together Through Public School Choice. The Report of The Century Foundation Task Force on the Common School, Chaired by Lowell Weicker (Executive Director) (2002); and A Notion at Risk: Preserving Public Education as an Engine for Social Mobility (2000).

    Kahlenberg's articles have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, and elsewhere. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, C-SPAN, MSNBC, and NPR.

    Previously, Kahlenberg was a Fellow at the Center for National Policy, a visiting associate professor of constitutional law at George Washington University, and a legislative assistant to Senator Charles S. Robb (D-VA). He is also a nonresident senior fellow at Education Sector and serves on the advisory board of the Pell Institute, the Albert Shanker Institute and the Research Advisory Panel of the National Coalition for School Diversity. In addition, he is the winner of the William A. Kaplin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy Scholarship. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and cum laude from Harvard Law School. Between college and law school, he spent a year at the University of Nairobi School of Journalism as a Rotary Scholar.



    Lynn Pasquerella, President, Mount Holyoke


    A philosopher and ethicist whose career has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, Lynn Pasquerella’s first three years as Mount Holyoke’s president have been marked by a robust strategic planning process, outreach to local and regional communities as well as the world-wide network of Mount Holyoke alumnae, and a commitment to a vibrant campus community.

    Receiving her A.A. from Quinebaug Valley Community College in 1978, Pasquerella transferred to Mount Holyoke College, graduating with her A.B. magna cum laude in 1980. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Brown University in January of 1985. Pasquerella joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island, rising rapidly through the professorial and administrative ranks to the position of Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School. In her oversight of undergraduate programs in 9 colleges, plus 55 masters and 36 Ph.D. programs, she focused particularly on high academic standards, interdisciplinary as well as strongly discipline-based teaching and research, connections with the community, improved access to higher education, and the enduring power of liberal learning. In 2008 she was named Provost at the University of Hartford, where she provided academic, financial, and administrative leadership for seven schools and colleges serving 4700 undergraduate and 1600 graduate students. In 2010, her alma mater named her the eighteenth President of Mount Holyoke College.

    Pasquerella has written extensively on medical ethics, theoretical and applied ethics, metaphysics, public policy, and the philosophy of law. A celebrated teacher, she has found time to co-teach a class in almost every semester of her presidency, with faculty in departments as disparate as Sociology, Biology, and Africana Studies. As President, she has focused especially on strategic planning, shared governance, long-term financial sustainability, access for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, and increased visibility for Mount Holyoke across the nation and around the world. At the core of her career and her priorities is an abiding commitment to liberal education as a force for good, both for the individual and for civic society. Manifestations of that commitment include her work as senator and member of the executive committee of Phi Beta Kappa; her role as host of The Academic Minute, a WAMC Northeast Public Radio program featuring brief faculty presentations on subjects of both scholarly and general interest; and her public advocacy for cost and price containment in higher education backed up by two years of freezes in Mount Holyoke’s tuition rates.



                     Sharon Thomas Parrott Senior Vice President, External Relations & Global Responsibility,

                        Chief Regulatory Compliance Officer, DeVry Inc., President, DeVry Foundation


    Sharon Thomas Parrott came to DeVry Inc. in 1982 to establish student financial aid compliance programs. She was appointed Vice President of Government Relations and Student Finance in 1989 and Chief Compliance Officer in 2004. She is responsible for the design, implementation, enforcement and monitoring of the organization's comprehensive regulatory compliance programs. In addition, she directs government and community relations as well global communications. In October 2010, Ms. Thomas Parrott was appointed President of the DeVry Foundation. The private, not-for-profit organization supports K-12 education initiatives as well as promoting workforce development.

    Prior to DeVry, Ms. Thomas Parrott worked at the U.S Department of Education where she began her work in the area of student financial aid and later directed national training programs in Washington D.C. Ms. Thomas Parrott has also held positions at the Loyola University of Chicago as director of the academic support program and faculty and held administrative positions at Harlan High School in Chicago (her alma mater), Dominican University, Northeastern University and George Williams College in Illinois.

    She currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Students Empowered Foundation, a college access and success network; is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce; is an informed source on college pricing for The College Board; and is an inaugural member of the 100 Wise Women, a program designed to provide networking and mentoring opportunities for women leaders in Chicago.

    Additionally Ms. Thomas Parrott serves the state of Illinois as a member of the P-20 Council, on the steering committee of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative, and as a member of the National Research Council's Panel on Quality Improvement in Student Financial Aid Programs. In 2000, Crain's Chicago Business named Ms. Thomas Parrott to the 100 Women Making a Difference in Chicago listing.

    Ms. Thomas Parrott received bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University of Illinois and pursued doctoral coursework in higher education policy and leadership. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband and daughter.



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