Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard represents a landmark case in affirmative action history, representing the first time that Asian Americans have been brought forth as plaintiffs in high-profile affirmative action litigation. Julie J. Park, who served as a consulting expert on the side of Harvard in the case, will discuss how Asian Americans fit into the debate about race-conscious admissions. She will discuss content from her new book, Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data, in which she argues that Asian Americans benefit from such policies. She will discuss the role of social science data in the Harvard trial, including both the possibilities and limitations of statistical analyses in examining claims of discrimination.
1-2:30 p.m. | Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Rackham Graduate School, Rackham Amphitheatre
Dr. Park's research addresses how race, religion, and social class affect diversity and equity in higher education. Her new book Race on Campus: Debunking Myths with Data (Harvard Education Press) uses social science data to challenge assumptions around how race works in college admissions and campus life.
She is also the author of When Diversity Drops: Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education (Rutgers University Press), an examination of how bans on affirmative action affect everyday student life. She recently served as a consulting expert on the side of Harvard in the case Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard.
Co-sponsors: Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program; Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Staff Association; Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education; Indigo: The LSA Asian & Asian-American Faculty Alliance; Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA); National Center for Institutional Diversity; Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Trotter Multicultural Center; United Asian American Organizations