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Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

On June 24, 2013, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled (7-1) in Fisher v. UT Austin that universities may consider racial and ethnic diversity as one factor among many in a carefully crafted admissions policy, reaffirming the precedent set in its 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger decision, but remanded the case back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider UT's admissions plan under the strict scrutiny standard. Fisher was the first federal challenge to Grutter, which upheld an admissions policy at the University of Michigan Law School and broadly affirmed the important role diversity plays in education.

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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Re-Hear Arguments in Fisher v. Univ. of Texas

July 2, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear—for a second time—arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a legal challenge to the equal opportunity admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin.

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New Report Details Critical Disparities in STEM Education

February 13, 2015 - Posted by Julie Faust

On February 12, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund released “Advancing Equity through More and Better STEM Learning,” a report that examines where and how the nation is losing so many children along the K-16 STEM pipeline and identifies ways to accelerate progress in closing both opportunity and achievement gaps that persist.

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Students and Administration at Colgate University Come Together to Combat Discrimination

October 16, 2014 - Posted by Julie Faust

After a five-day sit-in at Colgate University, students and administrators came together on September 29 to develop a 21-point plan on how to combat racism and increase diversity on campus.

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New Education Guidance Advances Resource Equity for Minority Students

October 1, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on Wednesday released guidance to states, school districts, and schools to clarify how federal law requires the equitable distribution of resources to students under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in addition to how they will enforce the provisions.

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Fifth Circuit Upholds University of Texas Admissions Policy

July 18, 2014 - Posted by Gabriel Kohrman

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld, for a second time, the University of Texas’ consideration of race as one of many factors in admissions. In a 2-1 ruling, the federal appeals court rejected the case of Abigail Fisher, a White student not accepted to the University of Texas in 2008 who claimed she was refused entrance due to the university’s affirmative action policy.

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