Affirmative Action and Racial Equity: Considering the Fisher by Uma M. Jayakumar, Liliana M. Garces

By Uma M. Jayakumar, Liliana M. Garces

The hugely expected U.S. ideal court docket selection in Fisher v. collage of Texas positioned a better onus on larger schooling associations to supply proof helping the necessity for affirmative motion rules on their respective campuses. it truly is now extra severe than ever that institutional leaders and students comprehend the facts in help of race attention in admissions in addition to the demanding situations of the post-Fisher landscape.

This very important quantity stocks info documented for the Fisher case and gives empirical facts to aid tell scholarly dialog and associations’ judgements concerning race-conscious practices in larger schooling. With contributions from students and specialists serious about the Fisher case, this edited quantity records and stocks classes discovered from the collaborative efforts of the social technological know-how, academic, and felony groups. Affirmative motion and Racial Equity is a severe source for larger schooling students and directors to appreciate the nuances of the affirmative motion felony debate and to spot the demanding situations and strength suggestions towards racial fairness and inclusion relocating forward.

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In this section, I summarize some of this evidence as it applies to the legal issues in the case. A Compelling Interest in the Educational Benefits of a Racially and Ethnically Diverse Student Body On the first prong of the strict scrutiny standard, Ms. Fisher herself did not challenge that UT Austin had a compelling interest to obtain the educational benefits of diversity (see Oral Transcript in Fisher). However, organizations that have long opposed affirmative action, such as the Center for Individual Rights and the Cato Institute, filed amicus curiae briefs urging the Court to overturn the holdings in Bakke and Grutter that had established a compelling interest in the educational benefits of student body diversity.

Following the implementation of a race-conscious policy in 2005, Abigail Fisher, a white female applicant who had been denied admission to UT Austin, sued the university, arguing that the university’s policy did not follow the parameters of Grutter and, therefore, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Like Ms. Grutter, Ms. Fisher—who was recruited by the Project for Fair Representation, a conservative legal defense fund headed by Edward Blum, who specializes in recruiting plaintiffs to challenge racial classifications—argued that her application had been rejected because of her race.

10). Indeed, given the growth of Latina/os in the state, “underrepresentation [for Latina/os] actually worsened during this period” (p. 10). Grutter: The Court Extends Rationale in Bakke and Overrules Hopwood Six years after Hopwood went into effect, the Court in Grutter v. 4 The case involved a challenge to a holistic admissions policy at the University of Michigan Law School that considered race, among other factors, as a circumstance that could enhance an applicant’s chances of admission. Barbara Grutter, a white female applicant who had been denied admission, argued that the policy violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, because a higher percentage of minority applicants with lower GPAs and standardized tests scores was admitted than nonminority applicants with similar test scores.

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