HACU joins court cases in defense of diversity
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) added its voice to written legal arguments to the United States Supreme Court filed in support of the University of Michigan in promoting diversity in college admissions policies.
“As the only nationally organized voice for Hispanic higher education, HACU well knows the role of diversity as one of the most important means to strengthen and enrich higher education for all students,” HACU President Antonio R. Flores said.
HACU joined the Amicus Curiae (Friend of the Court) briefs
filed by the Hispanic National Bar Association, Mexican American Legal Defense
and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and American Council on Education in two cases
-- Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger – now before the Supreme
Court. These cases challenge affirmative action policies that allow race and
ethnic background to be a positive consideration in college entrance decisions.
“This is not an issue that should be viewed along minority versus non-minority lines. All Americans benefit by the promise of equal opportunity to achieve higher education success in diverse learning communities; all Americans would suffer by denying the importance of diversity in the most culturally and racially diverse nation of the world,” HACU stated in the document included in the court filings.
HACU stated that a decision against college admissions policies in place since the landmark Supreme Court Regents of the University of California v. Bakke decision in 1978 would create an “immediate crisis” for Hispanics, who already suffer the lowest college entrance and completion rates among all major U.S. population groups.
HACU in January joined other leading national Hispanic organization in sending an Open Letter to President Bush urging his support for the University of Michigan.
“Ending affirmative action would shut the door to the American Dream for a vast number of our citizens,” said the Open Letter signed by Flores and leaders of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National Council of La Raza, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), Cuban American National Council, New American Alliance, National Association of Hispanic Publications, the University of Puerto Rico and MANA: a National Latina Organization.
For more information, contact HACU
national headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, at (210) 692-3805, ext. 3214. Or
visit www.hacu.net. The complete texts of
the court briefs described above are posted at the Government Relations page