CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Two Harvard University students on opposing sides offered their arguments on whether colleges should or should not consider race during the admissions process ahead of Monday’s Supreme Court case over affirmative action.
“Efforts like these make it more focused on race, and I think it should be focused more on merit and what they’re actually bringing to the college and a holistic view,” Alma Conway, a third-year student from Arizona, told Fox News. The Venezuelan American said she doesn’t want her ethnicity “to be the most important factor and for that to be the only reason I got into Harvard.”
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But Joseph Hernandez, a second-year student from California, disagreed.
“My experience with race in the classroom hasn’t been something that’s so easily disentangled with other things that typically measure opportunity,” he told Fox News. “I think it’s a factor that determines people’s opportunity and as such should be taken into account when we look at admissions.”
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Oral arguments will be heard before the Supreme Court beginning Monday for Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College. A ruling in the case, along with another involving the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, could overturn a previous decision and forbid colleges from using race-based affirmative action during the admissions process.
“Affirmative action, in a way, is discriminating because you’re looking at the differences,” Conway told Fox News. “I think that if the court decides to remove it, it will be a step in the right direction.”
But Hernandez said: “There are some very clear issues in admissions, regardless of where you stand on affirmative action and while I will push people towards affirmative action, I also will say we need to evaluate these other issues.”
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