Equal opportunity means taking positive steps to end discrimination, to prevent its recurrence, and to create new opportunities that were previously denied qualified minorities and women. Americans for a Fair Chance (AFC) was founded on the belief that the measurable gains accomplished by equal opportunity initiatives contribute to the prosperity and health of our families and communities.
April 22, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
In a 6-2 decision today in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (companion case Schuette v. Cantrell), the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling and upheld a Michigan voter initiative that bans the practice of race-conscious admissions to the state’s public universities.
February 19, 2014 - Posted by Tamera Willis
The Campaign for College Opportunity released a report in December titled “The State of Blacks in Higher Education in California: The Persistent Opportunity Gap,” which highlights the enduring disparities between Black students and their White counterparts in California.
November 19, 2013 - Posted by Tamera Willis
Sent back to the Fifth Circuit in June by the Supreme Court, Fisher is heard again
On November 13, a three-judge panel revisited Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a challenge to race-conscious admissions policies at UT-Austin. The U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in June, stressing the need for strict scrutiny in evaluating the admission policies of institutions of higher education.
October 17, 2013 - Posted by Tamera Willis
On October 15, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (companion case Schuette v. Cantrell). This case will have national consequences on whether a majority of individuals in a state can vote to politically hold back the minority.
June 24, 2013 - Posted by Tyler Lewis
In a (7-1) decision authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that universities may consider racial and ethnic diversity as one factor among many in a carefully crafted admissions policy.
February 26, 2013 - Posted by Cedric Lawson
In her newly released memoir, "My Beloved World," Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor defends affirmative action – under which she was admitted to Princeton University and Yale Law School – as a needed tool to help disadvantaged students get to the starting line of the race to success.
November 15, 2012 - Posted by Anjali Thakur-Mittal
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today in an 8-to-7 ruling found that parts of Michigan’s law banning equal opportunity programs at public colleges and universities are unconstitutional.
November 14, 2012 - Posted by Joe Bear
On Election Day, Oklahoma voters approved State Question 759, banning affirmative action measures in state government hiring, public contracting, and higher education. The measure passed by a vote of 59 to 41 percent and amends the state constitution to prohibit any consideration of race, gender, ethnicity, and national origin by the state government.
October 9, 2012 - Posted by Joe Bear
Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case that could determine whether universities can continue to use race as one of many factors in admissions, which could impact their ability to promote diverse learning environments for all students.
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