Several major universities are pledging to continue using race as a factor in hiring and admissions after the Trump administration reversed the federal endorsement of affirmative action.
In the wake of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ move to rescind government guidance on affirmative action, universities across the country, including many Ivy League schools, are coming forward with statements asserting their intent to maintain the policy.
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“Affirmative action is a proven method of promoting diversity on our campus and is supported by decades of American case law,” Dartmouth College announced in a press release last week. “Dartmouth remains firmly committed to exercising that right to affirmative action in hiring and admissions.”
Yale University has also come forward to declare that it has no intention of changing its admissions policies or standards.
“Yale seeks to create a vibrant and varied academic community where our students interact with people of different backgrounds and points of view,” Yale spokesman Tom Conroy told The Yale Daily News. “Our admissions policies and practices reflect and support this goal.”
Conroy also told the publication that Yale’s procedures and policies related to admissions have and will continue to reflect the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the relevant laws.
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Likewise, Harvard University sent out an email to the student body reaffirming its decision not to change the current policy in light of Session’s announcement.
“Harvard will continue to vigorously defend its right, and that of all colleges and universities, to consider race as one factor among many in college admissions, which has been upheld by the Supreme Court for more than 40 years,” spokesperson Melodie L. Jackson wrote in the email, as reported by The Harvard Crimson.
Notably, Harvard is currently engaged in a legal battle to defend its affirmative action policies against accusations that they discriminate against Asian American applicants.
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In a July 3 statement, University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves took a similar position, referencing the 2
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