Race, Class & College Access: Strategies That Work To Achieve Diversity In A Shifting Legal Landscape

Speaker Biographies

Coleman_ArtArt Coleman is Managing Partner and Co-Founder for EducationCounsel LLC. With extensive background in providing legal, policy, strategic planning, and advocacy services to educators throughout the country, Mr. Coleman addresses issues of access, accountability and completion in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. Mr. Coleman served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights from June 1997 until January 2000, following his three-and-a-half year tenure as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights.

Mr. Coleman's responsibility for the development of federal civil rights policy in education and enforcement of relevant federal laws centered on issues relating to standards reform, test use, students with disabilities, English language learners, affirmative action, desegregation, sexual and racial harassment, and gender equity in athletics. Mr. Coleman is a 1984 honors graduate of Duke University School of Law and a 1981 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; he has served as an adjunct professor at two law schools and at one graduate school of education; and he has spoken widely and published extensively regarding legal and policy issues in education. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Higher Education Policy and leads the legal and policy work of the College Board's Access and Diversity Collaborative, and was a principal author of the brief filed by the College Board and other education organizations in the pending U.S. Supreme Court case, Fisher v. University of Texas.

Shannon_GundyShannon Gundy is Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland where she began as an Admission Counselor in 1990. Passionate about helping students to navigate the college admission process, she has served in a variety of capacities in Maryland's admission office. A graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., she began her career in college admissions as an Admission Counselor at College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

In addition to her role in the admissions office, Shannon also serves as a member of the International Baccalaureate College and University Task Force, the Maryland/Delaware/District of Columbia ACT Council, and a faculty member for the AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers) Admissions Counselor-Recruiter professional development course. Committed to issues of access in college admission, Shannon is particularly interested in serving aditionally underrepresented students as they work to pursue higher education.

Lewis_Keith_JamieJamie Lewis Keith is Vice President, General Counsel and University Secretary of the University of Florida, Florida’s foremost preeminent research university and one of the largest public AAU research and land-grant universities in the U.S., with 32 tax-exempt private affiliates including teaching hospitals.  Prior to UF, Ms. Keith was the first primary inside counsel for Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the General Counsel and Assistant Commissioner of the Massachusetts capital assets agency in Governor William F. Weld’s administration, and a junior partner in the Boston law firm, Hale and Dorr (now Wilmer Hale). 

Ms. Keith works nationally on diversity and research policy.  She is a long-serving member of the College Board’s Diversity Collaborative Advisory Group.  She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Advancing Science and Engineering Capacity at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and co-directed a AAAS/AAU national Diversity and the Law project in which NACUA, ACE, APLU, AAMC, the College Board, the Thurgood Marshall Fund and IHEP participated. She is one of 10 general counsels who are members of the Legal Advisory Committee for the Association of American Universities (AAU), a member of AAU’s Biomedical Research Policy Working Group, and a former two-term board member of the Council on Governmental Relations.  Ms. Keith graduated from Cornell University and Boston University School of Law, where she was an Article Editor of theLaw Review.  She clerked for the Honorable Bailey Aldrich on The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.