As I am sure many of you are aware, the University is being challenged in a lawsuit that alleges discrimination in Harvard College’s admissions policy. The case will go to trial next week, and I write today to share some thoughts with you.
From the start, Harvard has agreed with the view expressed today by the Court, that this case can be – and should be – resolved at trial. Thorough and comprehensive analysis of the evidence makes clear that Harvard College does not discriminate against applicants from any group, including Asian Americans, whose share of the admitted class has grown significantly by 27% since 2010. We look forward to making our case at trial next month.
In addition to seeking permission from the Court to silence our students and alumni, SFFA has now turned to the Court asking for permission to preclude SFFA President Edward Blum from testifying as a witness in a trial he himself orchestrated. While SFFA and Mr. Blum continue to hide behind their secretive organization, Harvard will continue to vigorously defend the legal right of every college and university to achieve a diverse student body through an admissions process where the consideration of race is one factor among many.
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and 34 Asian American groups and higher education faculty today filed an amicus "friend of the court" brief in Massachusetts federal court, opposing a challenge to Harvard's race-conscious admissions policy (Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) v. Harvard).