CAPAC Members Commend New Guidance on Promoting Diversity in Classrooms

Dec 2, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and Congresswoman Mazie Hirono (HI-2), Chair of CAPAC’s Education Taskforce, issued the following statements on new guidance by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education that supports voluntary efforts to promote diversity and reduce racial isolation in primary, secondary and postsecondary education:

Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC Chairwoman

“The new guidance is a positive step forward in promoting diversity and inclusion in our classrooms. This will help provide our future workforce with the experiences, skills, and understanding they need to succeed in an increasingly global economy. I applaud the Departments of Justice and Education for this important announcement, and CAPAC looks forward to working with the Administration to promote diverse learning environments and educational equity.”

Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono, CAPAC Education Taskforce Chair

“In Hawaii, our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. When our keiki of all backgrounds are in the same school together, they learn from each other and prepare for today’s interconnected world. Our education system has come a long way since the painful days of segregated English Standard schools. In providing schools and colleges with recommendations on how they can increase diversity and reduce racial isolation, today’s guidance will help ensure that students in Hawaii and across the country have the chance to succeed in school and in their chosen careers.”
 

The guidance was issued to clarify three Supreme Court decisions – Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger – which specifically addressed the consideration of race by educational institutions. The guidance on postsecondary institutions includes descriptions on how race can be taken into account for admissions, pipeline programs, outreach, mentorship, retention efforts, and support programs to achieve diversity. To learn more about the new guidance, please visit the Department of Education’s website.

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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.