Boston, Massachusetts -- Today, four former and current Harvard students will testify during trial in the lawsuit challenging Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policies (Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) vs. Harvard). Represented by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), these individuals will speak in support of Harvard’s race-conscious holistic admissions policy and the importance of a diverse campus.
Following the #DefendDiversity Week of Action, today marks the start of the trial Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard University, a case that puts the future of affirmative action into question.
Today, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) alongside the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Boston-based Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, and pro bono counsel, Arnold & Porter, filed an amicus curiae, “friend of the court,” brief on behalf of a diverse group of students, including Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, who support Harvard’s race-conscious holistic admissions policy.
In the coming months, millions of rising high school seniors will be visiting college campuses and hustling to get a head start on their application materials, just as I did twenty years ago.
This month, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a national affiliation of civil rights organizations focused on serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and several prospective AAPI Harvard students joined a diverse group of black, Latino, and Native American students to support Harvard's race-conscious admissions program against attacks that the program intentionally discriminates against Asian American applicants. I am one of those students.
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