Nine faculty members in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy signed on to an amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) brief that supports Harvard University’s admission process. The brief was submitted by 531 scholars from multiple disciplines who are experts in Asian-American studies, race, and college access. The brief was co-written by Associate Professor Liliana Garces, who studies college access and inclusion policies for marginalized populations in higher education.
A case filed by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) claims that Harvard’s admissions intentionally discriminates against Asian American applicants.
The amicus curiae brief supports Harvard’s admission policies, claiming that the use of race-conscious whole-person review in college admission benefits Asian-American applicants because it treats each applicant as an individual and inhibits the influence of racial biases and assumptions.
On August 30, 2018, the Department of Justice sided with SFFA in their request for trial, claiming that Harvard has "failed to show that it does not unlawfully discriminate against Asian Americans."
The following faculty from The University of Texas at Austin submitted the amicus brief:
Department of Leadership and Policy Faculty
Liliana M. Garces
Richard J. Reddick
Betty Jeanne Taylor
Others from The University of Texas at Austin
Matthew Giani – Research scientist, Office of Strategy and Policy
Madeline Hsu - Director of the Center for Asian American Studies, Professor of History, College of Liberal Arts
Eric Tang - Associate Professor in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department and faculty member in the Center for Asian American Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Richard Valencia – Professor Emeritus, Center for Mexican American Studies, College of Liberal Arts