Friend of the Court – Amicus Brief Badge (150 points)
I think it is important to encourage diversity on campus, but I also think that each and every student should be treated fairly. We like to promote that our public university is more than just a difference in race. If you are of a different race or ethnic background, religious affiliation, economic background, or even sexual orientation, it does not exclude you from being accepted. Whether it be leadership skills, educational / academic history, or extra curricular activities, most universities have set standards for the students attending their school and this is what each applicant is judged by. Although diversity may be important to our college, acceptance depends on the overall evaluation of the applicant. Students should not be turned down due to their ethnicity. Universities should have a variety of different people to interact with, rather than just different races. Each person is unique in their own way and the background from which they come from should not affect their ability to attend a college. It does not matter where you go to college, you will be introduced to and interact with different people every single day. That is part of the “college experience” that every student should have to go through. Meeting new people and interacting with others is an important quality to have in life. I think diversity can be considered, but should not be able to make the final decision. Ethnicity should be the last thing to look at on the application and should not be able to greatly effect your decision.
Today, college is something many set their sights on. Grades and good behavior are widely known to be important in order to be accepted. In fact, many would consider these to be the main priority colleges look for, and justly so. This, however, is not always the case. Colleges do not always look solely to your achievements in order to determine your acceptance, they also take your race into consideration.
In the case University of California vs. Bakke, the University was reserving spots only for minorities. The Supreme Court ruled this method of acceptance as unconstitutional but, “the school may use the applicant’s race as a consideration on other ways”. A major part of college is to experience different cultures and interact in a diverse environment. Some believe the only way to ensure this is to include the racial question on all applications. Universities, however, do not need to go out of their way to guarantee diversity.
If schools remove the question of race from applications, and accept students based entirely on their academic and personal achievements, the diversity in the schools will be inevitably attained. Millions of individuals apply to colleges each year. In fact, studies show that the number of students who apply to colleges has increased in many places. “73% of colleges across the country saw increases in the number of students applying to their institutions in 2010”, according to the National Association for College Admission Counseling report. The ethnic diversity and number of students from each ethnic group who apply must be profound. Due to these large numbers, the possibility of colleges not accepting a diverse group of ethnicities is extremely unlikely.
Asking college hopefuls their race to advance those colleges own gains is not what the 14th amendment was made to promote. Achievements of the individual should be the only thing considered when deciding who to accept into Universities.
Diversity is part of the society today. It affects our daily lives. People come from all over. One of your co-workers may be from Texas, another from China, and maybe one from Mexico. Diversity has been around for ages. In the 1950’s and 1960’s we segregated whites from blacks. In the past we have been more judgmental, but in time we have become more open about diversity and have been more accepting.
I believe that diversity is so important because it helps to promote different cultures and personalities. We all should be acceptant of one another. With diversity, we can include every race. We should not segregate different ethnic groups from one another. With different races and ethnic groups we get to become more knowledgable about each other. We are all humans and no one is better than another.
With this case I feel that the judges will rule against her. She has no proven fact that she wasn’t accepted because of her race. There could be other multiple reasons why she didn’t get chosen. Perhaps the university didn’t like her resume or maybe her ACT or SAT scores weren’t what they wanted.
I believe that we should set a certain amount of students that can each be selected every year. If we set a limit of 10% of every race gets accepted it doesn’t mean that if you don’t selected you aren’t good enough. They can re-apply its just with a set amount of number we can only accept so few.
In the case of Fisher v. University of Texas, the precedent of affirmative action should be declared unconstitutional. As a director of a public university, I of course am concerned with keeping college campuses diverse, but there are other ways to encourage diversity other than the color of a person’s skin. There are other factors to be taken into consideration, such as socioeconomic standing, religious backgrounds and sexual orientations. Race does not have to be a factor when there are alternative ways to promote diversity.
In order to make sure there is diversity in schools, it should be up to the individual school to decide how, or if, other factors should be considered when looking at an applicant. Schools can assign an essay to be written about the student’s life and background and that can be taken into consideration, but there should not be a step in an application for students to have to list their racial background. The Court should overrule Grutter v. Bollinger and not allow schools to put substantial weight on a person’s race when considering them for admissions.
If the Court declares affirmative action to be unconstitutional, that will ensure schools are admitting students based on grades, achievements, and merit. This will mean each school will be filled with the best students that are eager and willing to learn. This will also ensure students that the schools they are admitted to are because of the hard work they have put in their four years of high school, not because they were born a certain race. As the director of admissions in a public school, I believe that overturning affirmative action will not have an effect on the diversity in a school. The Court should find in favor of Fisher.
For University of Texas, I believe that any university should be able to use race. All colleges need to have diversity in their schools. People need to learn about other ethnic groups and see other religions. If our students were not brought about to diversity, then it would not simulate real world issues. As a director of admissions, i would not just accept a student on behalf of race but because that person has qualities that we seek. A student with better background and grades deserve a spot before others who don’t have good grades or good background skills. As in the case of Grutter, the University of Texas the percentage plan is constitutional and is a great way of picking top students. In any case of a student getting denied by a college, i think that everyone would get hurt a little. If its your dream school it will always hurt. Colleges are not trying to injure any student. All colleges are trying to do is pick the right students with the rights backgrounds.
(Standing Sue) I do not think Fishers injury should have been denied by the college. Considering that maybe it was the only way to file sue then i also think that it could be. Only if it was your only reason to use as an injury. It would have made her look better if she had not moved on right away and moved on to a different college.
Diversity of Discrimination 1) I believe that it does make a difference. A school need to have racial differences. Not every student should be the same. We need Ethnic diversity.
Diversity of Discrimination 2) Without Ethnic Diversity, no student can properly understand the real world. Not everyone is the same out there.
To the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
The court decision in Fisher v University of Texas would have a major impact on my university. This court should rule in favor of the University of Texas because their admissions process works for diversity in the college setting, it doesn’t discriminate by race but instead counts in race as a factor to increase diversity. Diversity in higher education is important to make student feel welcome and brings opportunities to the universities for new ideas and views. It is important for students to interact with student of diversity to learn and thrive in the future. Also, such admission programs creates the opportunities for diverse students to get a higher education. Diversity is more than just race. It includes students of different color, religion, culture, sexual orientation, economic status, and interest. All of these things should be a factor in college admissions processes, not just race, to encourage a very diverse and unique university setting. If all the students at a university were all very similar the college would get no where and become boring and unwelcoming. If this court rules in favor of the University of Texas they will be working for diversity in many ways, not only in the University setting but also in future work places. It would help universities, such as mine, to continue to work towards diversity by making race and many other aspects a factor in their admissions process.
I think that diversity shouldn’t be a forced obligation. I also believe that your race and religious beliefs should not even be on the college application in the first place. If a school wants true diversity, then they should accept all ACT scores, because studies show that race and stereotypes do have an effect on studies and test scores. But schools won’t do that because of the quality of the school, and the reputation, also because they can’t accept everyone. How I see it is, how anti-racist do you have to be before you start being even more racists, like pointing out the difference between races and acting on it, not just letting it be. I think that schools should accept or deny students by their achievements and their grades, not by things they can’t choose, such as race or religion, or were born with. College is for academics, not racial profiling, so their application should be academic based.