Equal Opportunity

Equal opportunity means taking positive steps to end discrimination, to prevent its recurrence, and to create new opportunities that were previously denied qualified minorities and women.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Slams Reported Justice Department Move to Weaken Educational Opportunity

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

WASHINGTON— Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement based on a report by The New York Times that the “Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed … Read More

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Letter to Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray Re: the Office for Civil Rights

Monday, April 24, 2017

Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray View the PDF of this letter with footnotes here. Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray: On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the 26 undersigned organizations, we write to express our deep concerns about the Department of Education’s seriousness in approaching its central … Read More

Categories: Advocacy Letter, Education, Equal Opportunity

Supreme Court Upholds Diversity in College Admissions

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled (4-3) in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, affirming the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and holding that the race-conscious admissions policy in use when Fisher applied to the university is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause. “This decision is a victory for our … Read More

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Responds to Oral Argument in Fisher v. University of Texas

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement in response to today’s oral argument in the Supreme Court case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin: “As we’ve seen from tragic events around the country, it’s never been more important for people … Read More

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Fifth Circuit Upholds University of Texas Admissions Policy

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld, for a second time, the University of Texas’ consideration of race as one of many factors in admissions. In a 2-1 ruling, the federal appeals court rejected the case of Abigail Fisher, a White student not accepted to the University of Texas in 2008 who claimed … Read More

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