Harvard asked a federal judge to allow a number of College students and alumni to testify in support of its race-conscious admissions policies. But the group suing the University doesn't want them to speak.
“It was sometimes problematic because they saw affirmative action as something to benefit themselves, rather than a policy that’s about justice or racial equity or access,” study author Natasha K. Warikoo said in an interview.
Janet Yellen has lent her support to Harvard and its race-conscious admissions policies as the suit alleging the College discriminates against Asian American applicants inches ever closer to a high-profile and high-stakes trial.
The United States Department of Justice said in a court filing Thursday morning that Harvard’s race-conscious admissions policies inflict “unlawful racial discrimination” against Asian American applicants.
In an email titled “Welcome Home” and sent to students on Monday, Khurana devoted four paragraphs to the ongoing lawsuit charging Harvard discriminates against Asian Americans in its admissions process.
These currently sealed documents include the depositions and emails of several Harvard officials, including Director of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons ’67 and Director of Admissions Marlyn E. McGrath ’70.