Boston, MA – Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law will deliver their closing arguments in Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) vs. Harvard in Federal District Court in Boston, MA in support of Harvard’s race-conscious holistic admissions policy and the importance of a diverse campus. Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law offered the following statement: “In today’s America, students need to be prepared to succeed in an economy that is becoming increasingly diverse. In this case, we have offered overwhelming evidence that makes clear that diversity benefits students and helps prepare graduates to succeed in the world. While Harvard’s evidence regarding the implementation of their policies is key, it is the first-hand perspective and testimony of our clients that has truly helped to illuminate the issues at stake in this case and that have underscored the continuing need for campus diversity today. “We […]
The Educational Opportunities Project (“EOP”) strives to guarantee that all students receive equal educational opportunities in public schools and institutions of higher learning. Working with private law firms and community leaders, the EOP has been successful in promoting diverse and integrated learning environments; enforcing the rights of students with disabilities and English Language Learners; challenging discriminatory school discipline policies, student assignment practices; as well as school funding inequities. Currently, the EOP is leading efforts to defend race conscious college admissions policies, and represents a diverse set of underrepresented minority students at Harvard College and the University of North Carolina. The EOP also recently secured a victory in one of the most important higher education desegregation cases to be brought in decades — a case that will restore equity for Maryland’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities.