CAPAC Chairwoman Judy Chu Statement on Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard Decision

Oct 1, 2019 Issues: Civil Rights, Education

Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled in the case Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard that Harvard University’s admissions process does not discriminate against Asian American applicants. The court also upheld Harvard University’s admissions policy, stating that it “passes constitutional muster” in line with Supreme Court precedent that allows race to be considered as one of many factors in the higher education admissions process. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:

“I am pleased that a federal judge found there was no evidence of discrimination against Asian American applicants in Harvard University’s admissions process. The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus is committed to promoting diversity, transparency, and opportunity for all in higher education admissions, which is why we immediately met with Harvard University’s president last year to discuss our concerns over allegations that Harvard’s admissions policy discriminated against Asian Americans. Since then, we have been following this case closely because we believe that all students deserve access to a strong education.

“It is shameful that the educational playing field remains unequal for so many students of color, including many within the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community who continue to face significant barriers to attaining a college degree. For instance, only 14% of Laotians, 16% of Cambodians, and 19% of Pacific Islanders have a bachelor’s degree. These educational disparities show us why it is important to expand opportunities to higher education for all students, including AAPIs, who have benefited from race-conscious admissions policies that help to level the playing field.

“While CAPAC will always oppose illegal efforts to impose racial quotas or discriminate against specific racial or ethnic groups in the higher education admissions process, we fully support admissions policies that enable applicants to share their whole story and help to promote diverse learning environments. Today’s court decision upholds longstanding Supreme Court precedent supporting the use of race as one of many factors that colleges and universities may consider in the admissions process, and we will continue to fight to ensure this policy remains in place.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.