University of Texas President Larry Faulkner, General Motors Vice
President for Corporate Responsibility and Diversity Rod Gillum,
and President Mary Sue Coleman participate in a panel during a Business-Higher
Education Forum. The June 10-12 event at Palmer Commons brought business
executives together with higher education leaders to discuss mutual
Coleman opened a session on promoting diversity by thanking businesses
that supported the University's defense of affirmative action before
the U.S. Supreme Court. She also called upon the business community
to continue to help advance a national effort to promote diversity.
"We must set an agenda that will move us significantly forward
in the next 20 yearsmaking more progress than we have made
in the past 50 years," she told participants.
"The opponents of affirmative action are not resting ...
so we cannot afford to rest, either," she said. "We must
do more with outreach, with financial aid and with our work in
the K-12 sector to improve the quality and quantity of our minority
applicant pool at all of our universities." (Photo by Paul
Jaronski, U-M Photo Services)