Asian-Americans and Affirmative Action

Students walk through the University of Texas at Austin campus. A case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenges the school's consideration of race in its admissions.Asian-Americans Face Dilemma In Debate Over Affirmative Action

NPR Story from Nov. 2012

“Six weeks ago, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case that challenges the consideration of race in college admissions…. petitioner Abigail Fisher’s main brief… asserts that the university’s use of race in admissions discriminates against Asian-Americans, who are deemed to be “over-represented.” Asian-American civil rights organizations filed briefs on both sides of the case.”

According to the article, an opinion is expected in June 2013.

Many Asian-Americans face a “model-minority” stereotype. How do you think this plays into college admissions? Should Asian-Americans be excluded from affirmative action policies? Are Asian-Americans as homogenous of a group as they are often treated?

College denies diversity?

In this blog post I want to bring up something that actually discovered earlier today. A friend of mine transferred from Muhlenberg to Smith College, an all girls college in Massachusetts a couple years ago. When speaking with her today, she told me about a Smith alum, Anne Spurzem, who posted a letter about how adding diversity to Smith College is virtually ruining it. Here are two links that discuss (and present) the letter to the editor:

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