The Law in Education – Students Press for Affirmative Action – Podcast Episode 229 | Classnotes Podcast 229
Classnotes Podcast (October 26, 2022). On October 31, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases that have the potential to radically re-write the rules for colleges to seek and rely on information about students’ race, ethnicity, national origin, and other core identity factors in their admissions decisions. The cases, Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College (No. 19-2005) and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina (No. 21-2263) challenge the schools’ ability to fairly evaluate the qualifications and experience of college applicants and invite the court to depart from decades-old precedent establishing the value of diversity in education.
While the focus of the litigation has been on the university defendants, students and alumni across the country have been fighting to defend diversity in higher education – and beyond. In this episode in our series on the law in education, IDRA’s education law intern, Makiah Lyons, facilitates a deep and dynamic conversation with two students and alumni from Harvard and UNC who served as intervenors and amici in the case.
Itzel Vasquez-Rodríguez is a 2017 Harvard College graduate and is now a first-year graduate student in the master of public policy program with a focus on water policy at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. Andrew Brennan attended the UNC at Chapel Hill and received a bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently pursuing a master’s in education policy and management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For this discussion, they were joined by Paige Duggins-Clay, J.D., and Taylor Dumpson, J.D.
Show length: 36:33 min
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Affirmative Action – The Law in Education, IDRA webpage with history and resources