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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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor: A Proud ‘Product of Affirmative Action’

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

In her newly released memoir, “My Beloved World,” Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor defends affirmative action – under which she was admitted to Princeton University and Yale Law School – as a needed tool to help disadvantaged students get to the starting line of the race to success. When she entered Princeton on a scholarship … Read More

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Appeals Court Rules Michigan’s Ban on Equal Opportunity Unconstitutional

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit today in an 8-to-7 ruling found that parts of Michigan’s law banning equal opportunity programs at public colleges and universities are unconstitutional. The court agreed with proponents that the law, known as Proposal 2, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment by presenting an … Read More

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Oklahoma Approves Ballot Question Banning Affirmative Action

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

On Election Day, Oklahoma voters approved State Question 759, banning affirmative action measures in state government hiring, public contracting, and higher education. The measure passed by a vote of 59 to 41 percent and amends the state constitution to prohibit any consideration of race, gender, ethnicity, and national origin by the state government. Equal opportunity … Read More

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments in University of Texas Equal Opportunity Case

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case that could determine whether universities can continue to use race as one of many factors in admissions, which could impact their ability to promote diverse learning environments for all students. More information and resources on Fisher v. University … Read More

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Is Arizona’s Ban on Equal Opportunity Having an Effect?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Following Arizona voters’ approval in 2010 of Proposition 107 — which placed a ban on equal opportunity programs in public higher education, employment, and contracting — state university officials are saying it is still too early to determine the law’s impact, according to reporting by Cronkite News. Admissions officials at Arizona public undergraduate universities said … Read More

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