Affirmative Action and Racial Equity: Considering the Fisher Case to Forge the Path Ahead

Affirmative Action and Racial Equity: Considering the Fisher Case to Forge the Path Ahead

by Uma M. Jayakumar, Liliana M. Garces


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Affirmative Action and Racial Equity: Considering the Fisher Case to Forge the Path Ahead by Uma M. Jayakumar, Liliana M. Garces

The highly anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas placed a greater onus on higher education institutions to provide evidence supporting the need for affirmative action policies on their respective campuses. It is now more critical than ever that institutional leaders and scholars understand the evidence in support of race consideration in admissions as well as the challenges of the post-Fisher landscape.

This important volume shares information documented for the Fisher case and provides empirical evidence to help inform scholarly conversation and institutions’ decisions regarding race-conscious practices in higher education. With contributions from scholars and experts involved in the Fisher case, this edited volume documents and shares lessons learned from the collaborative efforts of the social science, educational, and legal communities. Affirmative Action and Racial Equity is a critical resource for higher education scholars and administrators to understand the nuances of the affirmative action legal debate and to identify the challenges and potential strategies toward racial equity and inclusion moving forward.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138785366
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Uma M. Jayakumar is Associate Professor of Organization and Leadership at the University of San Francisco and Faculty Associate at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

Liliana M. Garces is Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Research Associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the Pennsylvania State University.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Gary Orfield

Part 1: Background and Evidence Submitted

Chapter 1: The Legal Context and Social Science Evidence in Fisher v. University of Texas

Liliana M. Garces

Chapter 2: Leadership, Citizenship, and Civic Capacity: The Imperative of Racial Diversity for Realizing Higher Education’s Public Mission

Susan Sturm and Olatunde C. A. Johnson

Chapter 3: The Promise of Diversity in Remedying the Harms of Identity-Related Threats and Racial Isolation

Allison S. Elgart, Victoria C. Plaut, Nicole Arlette Hirsch, and Eva Jefferson Paterson

Chapter 4: Tejas Es Diferente: UT Austin’s Admissions Program in Light of Its Exclusionary History

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Lani Guinier, and Gerald Torres

Chapter 5: Access and Diversity at the University of California in the Post-Affirmative Action Era

Michal Kurlaender, Elizabeth Friedmann, and Tongshan Chang

Part 2: Lessons and Strategies Moving Forward

Chapter 6: The Mismatch Myth in U.S. Higher Education: A Synthesis of Empirical Evidence at the Law School and Undergraduate Levels

William C. Kidder and Richard O. Lempert

Chapter 7: Amplifying Asian American Presence: Contending with Dominant Racial Narratives in Fisher

Mitchell James Chang

Chapter 8: From Access to Outcomes: Considering the Texas Top Ten Percent Plan and Its Relationship to Student Persistence

Catherine L. Horn and Stella M. Flores

Chapter 9: Walking the Diversity Rationale Talk: A Call to Institutions

María C. Ledesma

Chapter 10: Reflections on the Diversity (Rationale) Literature: Examining the Potential and Need for Critical Diversity Research Praxis

Uma M. Jayakumar and Annie S. Adamian, with Mitchell James Chang

Afterword: Working Collectively Toward Racial Equity in Higher Education Policy

Uma M. Jayakumar and Liliana M. Garces

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