Pendakur at Civil Rights Commission

Vijay Pendakur, associate vice president for student affairs, will share the dais Friday in Washington, D.C., with CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White during a briefing organized by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

The two-day briefing, beginning today (May 28), is scheduled to examine the extent to which financial aid funding and awards under the Higher Education Act of 1964 and the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 affect enrollment rates of minority students in colleges and universities awarding bachelors' degrees. The commission will also determine if the campus-based aid program formulas and funding levels create or exacerbate racial, ethnic or national origin disparities in enrollment rates.

Pendakur is participating in a morning panel discussion set for the briefing's second day. Besides White, others on the panel are: Scott Miller, director of financial aid, and Maurice Apprey, dean of the Office of African-American Affairs at the University of Virginia; and Darrick Hamilton, associate professor of economics and urban policy at The New School.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is an independent, bipartisan agency charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights matters.

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