OCA Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Race Conscious Admissions in UNC Case

6 March 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Thu Nguyen | Communications Manager

202.223.5500 | tnguyen@ocanational.org

Washington, DC – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates joined Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, alongside 60 other national Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations and 25 professors, in filing an amicus brief in support of race-conscious admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC.) 

Edward Blum, the strategist behind two other admissions cases, and his organization, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), filed a lawsuit against UNC to end race-conscious admissions. While their case does not rest on an Asian American student example, their briefing claims that Asian Americans are also disadvantaged.

“Race-conscious admissions is one of the few ways that creates a level playing field in this society,” said Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President. “It must be an obligation to ensure that there are equal opportunities for marginalized communities, like Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders, who have the lowest rates of educational attainment among all racial groups. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are not a monolith, and OCA will continue to fight efforts that attack affirmative action and access to higher education.”

Read the full brief here.

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs.)

Update: This press release was sent out via email on March 7th in which Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC was erroneously named as the lead organization for this amicus brief. This has been corrected and updated here to the Los Angeles affiliate of the 5 Asian Americans Advancing Justice groups, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA.

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