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Affirmative Action

Harvard Press Conference
College

In Post-Trial Brief, NAACP Legal Defense Fund Defends Harvard’s Admissions Policy

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Educational Fund argued that Harvard’s race-conscious admissions process is “necessary to reap the educational benefits of diversity” in a document filed in federal court Wednesday.

Harvard Press Conference
College

Harvard, SFFA Spar Over Key Takeaways from Admissions Trial

Harvard and Students For Fair Admissions continued to spar over whether the College’s admissions process discriminates against Asian-American applicants in court documents filed Wednesday.

Gannett House
Harvard Law School

Harvard, Law Review Look to Dismiss Anti-Affirmative Action Lawsuit Against the Publication

Lawyers for Harvard, Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Law Review filed motions Monday, asking the Court to dismiss a complaint brought by an anti-affirmative action group that alleges the Law Review’s editor selection process illegally uses “race and sex preferences.”

Fall in Harvard Yard
College

In Wake of Lawsuit, Students Reflect on Asian-American Identity

The trial over Harvard's affirmative action admissions policy ended last month, and students gathered on Friday afternoon to discuss the term "Asian American" and its relevance for students' identities.

11-2 Trial
Affirmative Action

11-2 Trial

Students for Fair Admissions lawyers pose for pictures outside the courthouse.

11-2 Trial
Admissions

11-2 Trial

Harvard lawyers Seth P. Waxman '73 and William F. Lee '72 speak to reporters outside the courthouse on the trial's final day.

11-2 Trial
Admissions

11-2 Trial

Students for Fair Admissions lawyer Adam K. Mortara takes questions outside the courthouse soon after the trial concluded.

Harvard Press Conference
College

‘Wolf of Racial Bias’ Returns to Courtroom on Final Day of Harvard Admissions Trial

Lawyers for both Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions approached the wood-paneled witness stand one after the other Friday to deliver impassioned closing statements and rebuttals that stretched for hours.

Affirmative Action Trial
Central Administration

In Admissions, Harvard Favors Those Who Fund It, Internal Emails Show

In one 2013 email headlined “My Hero,” former Kennedy School Dean Ellwood thanked Harvard's dean of admissions for his help accepting a set of students with very particular qualifications. "[Redacted] and [redacted] are all big wins. [Redacted] has already committed to a building.”

William F. Lee ’72
Admissions

Meet the Lawyers Defending Harvard's Race-Conscious Admissions Policies

Meet the lawyers who will help Harvard defend against allegations it discriminates against Asian-Americans in its admissions process.

Diversity Dialogue
Admissions

Diversity Dialogue

Students meet in Grays Hall Basement to discuss the ongoing affirmative action lawsuit against Harvard.

John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse
College

Judge Rules Harvard Admissions Suit Must Proceed to Trial

U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs ruled Friday that the admissions lawsuit alleging Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants must go to trial in October, thwarting Harvard's hopes to the contrary.

DOJ and Yale
Admissions

Yale Joins Harvard as Target of Federal Probe Into Alleged Discrimination Against Asian-Americans

Yale University — like Harvard — is now the subject of a Department of Justice probe into whether the school discriminates against Asian-American applicants in its admissions process.

Bacow
Central Administration

As Admissions Trial Nears, Bacow Insists 'We Don't Discriminate Against Anybody'

The brand-new president said he is “confident” Harvard will prevail in court when the suit goes to trial on Oct. 15, though he is unsure what the Supreme Court may do should the case come before the nation's highest judges.

Defending Diversity
On Campus

Defending Diversity

The Task Force on Asian and Pacific American Studies and the committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights held an event Friday exploring the history of affirmative action in higher education.

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