June 16, 2011 -- University of Houston Law Center Professor Michael A. Olivas has been inducted into the Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology Hall of Fame for his continuing efforts in behalf of immigrants, minorities and the poor. Olivas, holder of the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law and director of the Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance at the Law Center, received his M.A. in English and Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Theory from Ohio State.
The Hall of Fame statement notes: “His writings and advocacy have shaped public policy to help people of color, poor people, immigrants and migrant workers. His efforts enable them to be full-fledged participants in achieving the American Dream, especially in accessing higher education. He wrote the leading casebook on higher education law and lectures and consults internationally. Early in his career, he worked with the Ohio Board of Regents to ensure that migrant farm workers receive Ohio residency status and can attend the state’s public colleges.”