Fisher Case Heightens Attention on Campus Diversity

October 5, 2012

Oral arguments for Fisher v. University of Texas  start Oct. 10 and already campus activity has seen a combination of teach-ins, panel discussions, and national media coverage in recent weeks.

Professors Lino Graglia, Leonard Moore and Edwin Dorn discuss Fisher case.

A result of this activity is that it offers an opportunity to educate students and the larger campus community about the importance of diversity and how the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), started in 2007, works daily to foster an inclusive and welcoming environment through its programs, initiatives and community partnerships.

On Wednesday, Dr. Leonard Moore, associate vice president for diversity and community engagement and history professor, joined two other faculty and a civil rights attorney to discuss their viewpoints on how the university’s holistic review process aides campus diversity, while one opponent offered evidence for why the policy should be abandoned.

Dr. Edwin Dorn, professor of public affairs, stated that the number of African Americans and Hispanics that are admitted under the top 10 percent law is higher than those admitted under the affirmative action policy, that considers multiple factors, including overcoming hardship. Moore added that one demographic that has benefited from an additional review process is whites from rural areas.

Dr. Lino Graglia, law professor, said out of the 75 students he teaches this semester, four are black. He says that race should not be a consideration because when students are placed in higher ranked schools they may not perform as well as they would otherwise. Moore responded with the following question, “What happens when those students graduate, are they still not qualified?” Read more in a Daily Texan story on the panel, or in today’s article that shows how the university is more reflective of the state’s current demographics.

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