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Collateral Consequences

A visit with S. David Mitchell, Associate Professor, School of Law

By LuAnne Roth
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Thoughts on Affirmative Action and Teaching

Topics: affirmative action teaching

As one might expect, Mitchell has opinions about the recently proposed Missouri referendum that would have eliminated preferential hiring in public employment or education. The referendum was defeated because it failed to secure the needed signatures to be placed on the ballot. If there already was a substantial representation of diversity among students, staff, and faculty, he clarifies, then perhaps affirmative action would no longer be needed. “But until that day comes,” he concludes, “affirmative action is still a necessity.”