Affirmative Action

After Affirmative Action Falls, Students, Counselors, and Schools Seek New Roadmap for Admissions

In June, the Supreme Court effectively struck down affirmative action in higher education, finding Harvard’s race-conscious admissions practices unconstitutional — and consequently, adding complexity to the task of applying to college for the next class of high school seniors.

Harvard Overhauls College Application in Wake of Affirmative Action Decision

After the Supreme Court radically curtailed the use of race in higher education admissions, Harvard College overhauled the free-response questions on its application, eliminating the Harvard supplement optional essay and replacing it with required short answer questions.

A Month After the Fall of Affirmative Action, How Can Colleges Uphold Diversity?

After Supreme Court’s decision on June 29 effectively ended race-conscious admissions, universities and colleges rushed to reaffirm their commitments to ensuring student body diversity. But their statements left an important question unanswered: How?

Legal Experts Divided Over Whether Ed Blum’s Letter to Schools Adheres to SCOTUS Affirmative Action Ruling

After anti-affirmative action activist Edward J. Blum emailed 150 schools earlier this month demanding compliance with the Supreme Court’s ruling against affirmative action, legal experts are divided on how closely the demands adhere to the decision.

Newstalk Episode 10: Affirmative Action Falls: Inside the Protests at Harvard and Washington D.C.

Fights erupted in Washington D.C. and at Harvard when affirmative action fell. In the crowds, a dozen Harvard student journalists set out to find what the protests — the fights, the fears — were really about. Dozens of interviews. 10+ hours of tape. A look inside Harvard, from the students who saw it all. Host Frank S. Zhou '26 joins half a dozen reporters to track down what exactly happened when affirmative action fell. Here's how it went down. National Press Club press conference footage in this episode comes from C-SPAN.

Justice Thomas Aide Received Venmo Payments from Anti-Affirmative Action Lawyers in 2019, Sparking Ethics Questions

Attorneys Patrick Strawbridge and William S. Consovoy — who successfully litigated an effort to effectively strike down affirmative action — made Venmo payments to a then-legal aide for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, the Guardian reported last week.

Did Harvard Intentionally Discriminate? In Admissions Discrimination Suit, the Supreme Court Doesn’t Say

When the Supreme Court effectively struck down affirmative action in higher education last month, it made no mention of a claim that Harvard illegally discriminated against Asian American applicants — an allegation that had been at the heart of the case for nearly a decade.

Senator J.D. Vance Accuses Harvard, Other Universities of Planning to Defy Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action

Senator J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) warned Harvard of a potential congressional investigation if the University fails to comply with the Supreme Court’s restrictions on the consideration of race in university admissions in a letter addressed to former President Lawrence S. Bacow on Thursday.

With End of Affirmative Action, Claudine Gay Faces Unprecedented Challenges to Start Harvard Presidency

Two days after the Supreme Court declared Harvard College’s race-conscious admissions policy unconstitutional, Claudine Gay took office as Harvard’s 30th president. She will be expected to maintain the University’s role as a leading advocate for diversity in higher education and strategize ways Harvard can continue to admit a diverse student body.

Students for Fair Admissions, Allies Celebrate End of Affirmative Action

Following the Supreme Court’s ruling severely restricting affirmative action in higher education admissions, anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions praised the Court’s decision at a press conference in Washington Thursday afternoon.

‘A Gut Punch’: Harvard Students Condemn Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Affirmative Action

Harvard students widely condemned the Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to sharply restrict the consideration of race in college admissions, expressing fear and sadness that the ruling is likely to reduce racial diversity at the school.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court severely curtailed affirmative action in higher education admissions, declaring Harvard's race-conscious admissions policy unconstitutional in a ruling against the school Thursday.

Affirmative Action Struck Down: How Did We Get Here?

The Supreme Court restricted affirmative action in college admissions on Thursday. Follow The Crimson’s yearslong coverage of the lawsuit brought by Students for Fair Admissions against Harvard.

Harvard Ed School Dean Long Raises Concerns About Campus Diversity if Affirmative Action is Overturned

Ahead of the Supreme Court’s decision on race-conscious admissions at Harvard, Graduate School of Education Dean Bridget Terry Long maintains that economic affirmative action cannot replicate the racial diversity of current student populations.

Legal Experts Discuss Race-Conscious Admissions and Equal Protection After SFFA v. Harvard at HLS Event

Legal experts at an event hosted by Harvard Federalist Society Wednesday said they believed the Supreme Court should rule in favor of Harvard in the lawsuit brought against the University by anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions.

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