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Court Upholds Affirmative Action Ban

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 06.02.2012 | College

LOS ANGELES — Affirmative action proponents took a hit Monday as a federal appeals court panel upheld California's ban on using race, ethnicity ...

The Fate of Diversity in College Is Being Tested

Voto Latino | Posted 05.29.2012 | Latino Voices
Voto Latino

. Although I do not believe race should be a large part of a students' application, I do believe that it is important to consider it in a university application since diversity on a college campus is essential in cultivating a culturally conscious and informed student body.

The Roberts Court's 2011-12 Term: Is the Roberts Court Really a Court?

Jamin Raskin | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
Jamin Raskin

In a Court of logic and precedent, a Court without aversion to the channels of popular democracy, the challenge to Obamacare would be a total non-starter. But here we are again, waiting to see whether the Court will follow the path of justice or the path of power.

A Tribute to My Warrior Brother, John A. Payton

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 05.26.2012 | Black Voices
Laura W. Murphy

I'm incredibly saddened by the passing of John A. Payton, head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). Our nation has lost a brilliant warrior for justice, and I've lost a dear friend and colleague in the movement.

Why Sarah Palin Thinks Barack Obama Wants to Undo the Civil War

Andy Horowitz | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Andy Horowitz

It doesn't take too much historical insight to come up with reasons that America's first black president would not want to bring back the days of slavery, so it's worth considering the reasons why Palin might make such a bizarre statement.

Don’t Let The Supreme Court Fool You: Diversity On Campus Is Important

Kyle Anderson | Posted 05.08.2012 | Religion
Kyle Anderson

If research consistently shows that a diverse environment in higher education is essential for student development, and the government sponsors a task force on this same subject, then why is the Supreme Court sending a contradictory message?

The Future of Affirmative Action: Justice Kennedy Is the Key

Stephen Menendian | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Stephen Menendian

It seems likely that the Court in Fisher, in a 5-3 decision (since Kagan will not have a vote), will strike down the use of race in admissions currently employed by the University of Texas for failing the narrowly tailoring requirement.

Increasing Diversity Through Intellectual Entrepreneurship

Dr. Rick Cherwitz | Posted 04.29.2012 | College
Dr. Rick Cherwitz

Entrepreneurial learning begins with students' curiosities and goals driving their lives, challenging them to own and be accountable for their educational choices and intellectual development.

The Minority Report: UC Schools Face Their Biggest Challenge Yet

| Posted 04.25.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Erica Perez More than a decade after California law banned race-conscious admissions, ...

Why We Value Diversity

Michael Roth | Posted 04.24.2012 | College
Michael Roth

As the Supreme Court considers Fisher vs. the University of Texas, it is crucial that the justices continue to allow universities to consider race and ethnicity within a holistic admissions process that aims to create a student body that maximizes learning.

Constitution Check: Is Affirmative Action in College Admissions Doomed?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 04.24.2012 | College
Lyle Denniston

It will be months, maybe not until next year, before the nation will know whether the foreboding of Columbia University's President Lee Bollinger about the fate of affirmative action in college admissions is well founded.

Mike Sacks

High Court Revisiting Flashpoint Issue | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Affirmative action is heading back to the Supreme Court, and this time its prospects for survival are poorer than ever. The Court ann...

Linsanity Backlash: The Racial Asterisk

Peter S. Goodman | Posted 04.15.2012 | Business
Peter S. Goodman

Linsanity may now be considered a bona fide cultural moment, if for no other reason than the response it has provoked: It has generated its very own b...

Court Considers Lifting 15-Year-Old Ban

AP | TERENCE CHEA | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California's 15-year-old ban on considering race ...

Racial Discrimination Can't Be Solved by Fighting Poverty

Elaine Gross | Posted 04.07.2012 | New York
Elaine Gross

Many people would agree that disparate treatment based on race is wrong, but how can we try to remedy the situation when so few people are willing to create policies and practices that explicitly address such forms of structural racism?

Shooting the Messenger: Arizona and the Ban On Ethnic Studies

John Riofrio | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
John Riofrio

The misguided decision to ban ethnic studies turns truth into criminal behavior. It recasts Latinos and communities of color as outsiders, blaming them for their struggles in our flawed educational system.

Black Students At Duke University Protest Recent Study

AP | MARTHA WAGGONER | Posted 03.20.2012 | Black Voices

RALEIGH, N.C. — An unpublished study by Duke University researchers that says black students are more likely to switch to less difficult majors ...

The Trouble With Title IX And Quotas

Sabrina Schaeffer | Posted 03.19.2012 | Women
Sabrina Schaeffer

The problem with anti-discrimination legislation like Title IX is not with its intentions. The trouble is that the goal posts keep moving

White Women: The Sponsors Women of Color Must Have in the 21st Century

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 03.19.2012 | Business
Trudy Bourgeois

Women simply must learn how to support other women across ALL ethnicities. This is THE way we WILL raise a collective voice of demand for eliminating the glass ceiling once and for all.

I'm Just A Person

Charissa Newkirk | Posted 03.19.2012 | Home
Charissa Newkirk

When I fill out a college application, they will never know that I sing in the shower and used to play with Harry Potter Legos. What will they see? I'm a girl. I'm smart. And I'm black.

Up Is Down and Down Is up -- Alice in America's Wonderland

Steve Nelson | Posted 03.16.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

The recent decision to axe an ethnic studies program in Tucson is symptomatic of a bewildering turn of events in our country.

Obama Clears Up Stance On Affirmative Action

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 02.04.2012 | College


Is Obama an Affirmative Action President? Yeah, Probably

John Hawkins | Posted 01.19.2012 | Politics
John Hawkins

MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart got huffy and played the race card after Rick Perry pointed out that Barack Obama has a "privileged" background just like hi...

Has the Time Come to End Affirmative Action?

Keli Goff | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics
Keli Goff

If there is one flaw in affirmative action as it stands now, it's not that it benefits too many racial minorities. It's that it doesn't benefit enough other people from non-privileged backgrounds.

Brown Vetoes SB 185: Affirmative Action-Like Bill Denied

Robin Wilkey | Posted 12.08.2011 | San Francisco

On Saturday, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed SB 185, an affirmative action-like bill that would have allowed public universities to consider factors inclu...