University of Texas Students File Brief in Favor of Affirmative Action Admission Policies

Black students at UT Austin support race-inclusive admissions policies.

Posted: 08/14/2012 05:32 PM EDT

Black students at the University of Texas Austin showed school pride Monday when they submitted a brief supporting the entire University of Texas’ policy in favor of race as a factor during admissions. Written by the NAACP, Black Ex-Students of Texas and the UT Black Students Alliance, the brief was one of several filed in support of the affirmative action admission policy.

Last week, UT defended its inclusion of race as one of many factors in the admissions process and as a promoter of diversity throughout its nine universities across Texas. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hear the case in October.

The Houston Chronicle writes:

The case stems from a suit filed by Abigail Noel Fisher, a white student who claimed her race prevented her from being admitted as an undergraduate in 2008.

Seventeen amicus briefs have been filed on her behalf, including those of the Cato Institute, the Texas Association of Scholars and the Center for Individual Rights.

More than 35 organizations are supporting UT in the case, including the Anti-Defamation League, the National League of Cities and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

The Black students' brief argues that removing UT's "holistic review" would cause a decline in African-American enrollment and that of other underrepresented minorities, and that race neutrality in admissions "would severely impair UT's ability to achieve its educational mission." The decline in diversity, they say, would harm all students by limiting their exposure to different people and experiences.

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