Statements

Letter to the Community: Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow

October 10, 2018

Dear Members of the Harvard Community,

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.

Let me be unequivocal: The College’s admissions process does not discriminate against anybody.... Read more about Letter to the Community: Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

October 4, 2018
Students Will Be Allowed to Testify in Defense of Harvard’s Affirmative Action Program in Major Federal Court Case

Harvard statement on Summary Judgment ruling

September 28, 2018
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.

Harvard statement on SFFA 9/17/18 filing

September 17, 2018
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.

SEARAC

September 6, 2018
SEARAC Remains Committed to Affirmative Action and Race-Conscious College Admissions Policies

NCAPA

August 31, 2018
NCAPA National Director Responds to U.S. Department of Justice Statement of Interest in Harvard Affirmative Action Case

NAACP Legal Defense Fund

August 30, 2018
25 Harvard Student and Alumni Organizations File Amicus Brief in Support of College Admissions Policies That Foster Diversity

Harvard Statement on Department of Justice brief

August 30, 2018

We are deeply disappointed that the Department of Justice has taken the side of Edward Blum and Students for Fair Admissions, recycling the same misleading and hollow arguments that prove nothing more than the emptiness of the case against Harvard. This decision is not surprising given the highly irregular investigation the DOJ has engaged in thus far, and its recent action to repeal Obama-era guidelines on the consideration of race in admissions.

Harvard does not discriminate against applicants from any group, and will continue to vigorously defend the legal right of every...

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Harvard Reaffirms Request for Summary Judgment

August 27, 2018

Harvard again rejects SFFA's hollow argument; cites SFFA's "Lack of evidence."

Harvard College today restated its request for summary judgment and presented a strong and detailed rebuttal to the “invective, mischaracterizations, and in some cases outright misrepresentations” of a brief filed by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), with lawyers for the College noting that the group’s rhetoric “fails to compensate for the lack of evidence supporting SFFA’s claims.”

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PIVOT

August 16, 2018
We are Southeast Asian American Students, and we Support Race-Conscious Admissions at Harvard and Beyond

Harvard Statement on SFFA's Memorandum in Opposition to Harvard's Motion for Summary Judgment

July 30, 2018

Edward Blum and SFFA continue to present a deliberately misleading narrative, made possible only by their deeply flawed statistical analysis, to eliminate the consideration of race in college admissions. Their case is against Harvard, but their actions challenge the freedom and flexibility – entirely consistent with long set legal parameters – of every college and university in America to expand opportunity and create the diverse communities that enhance the learning of every student. Harvard’s brief opposing SFFA’s request for summary judgment conclusively refutes SFFA’s unfounded claims.... Read more about Harvard Statement on SFFA's Memorandum in Opposition to Harvard's Motion for Summary Judgment

Harvard Challenges Admissions Attack, Argues Opponent's Request for Summary Judgement Presents "Misleading Narrative"

July 27, 2018

The brief filed by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) seeking summary judgment “is not a serious effort,” but a "45-page press release devoted to presenting a misleading narrative,” lawyers for Harvard College write in a brief filed today (7/27) opposing the SFFA request for summary judgment in the case.... Read more about Harvard Challenges Admissions Attack, Argues Opponent's Request for Summary Judgement Presents "Misleading Narrative"

Harvard Response to Departments of Education and Justice Letter

July 3, 2018

Harvard will continue to vigorously defend its right, and that of all colleges and universities, to consider race as one factor among many in college admissions, which has been upheld by the Supreme Court for more than 40 years. Harvard is deeply committed to bringing together a diverse campus community where students from all walks of life have the opportunity to learn with and from each other.

Association of American Universities (AAU)

June 26, 2018

Diversity and Inclusion are Fundamental to the Mission of Higher Education | It is critical that universities continue to be afforded the appropriate discretion to make thoughtful judgments on who to admit and how best to conduct higher education.

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

June 22, 2018

Media Miss the Mark on Southeast Asian American Students and Impact of Affirmative Action | Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is disappointed at the misleading coverage from leading news outlets on a recent lawsuit that was filed against Harvard University by a small group of Asian American students.

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)

June 22, 2018

NCAPA reaffirms support for diversity in higher education admissions | NCAPA rejects the notion that the majority of the Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are opposed to affirmative action. This false narrative exists only to drive a wedge between AAPIs and other minority and underserved communities. In fact, our community has directly benefited from efforts to increase diversity in higher education. 

Harvard University Defends Student Privacy

June 22, 2018

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Calling the summary judgment filing of an anti-race conscious admissions group a “a concerted public relations effort” that relies on “distortions” and “misleading characterizations,” lawyers for Harvard University today filed in U.S. District Court a robust defense of student privacy, drawing a firm line to protect applicants and the university’s admissions practices.... Read more about Harvard University Defends Student Privacy

Association of American Universities (AAU)

December 18, 2015
Statement on Diversity by the Board of Directors of the Association of American Universities | A diverse student body adds significantly to the rigor and depth of students’ educational experience. Diversity encourages students to question their own assumptions, to test received truths, and to appreciate the complexity of the modern world.