May 26, 2020 12 minutes to read ∙ 2800 words

Affirmative Action in Higher Education: Relevance for Today’s Racial Justice Battlegrounds

By Genevieve Bonadies Torres

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Reprinted with permission from Human Rights Magazine, Volume 44, Number 4, at 6-10. ©2020 by the American Bar Association. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

Affirmative action has inspired fierce debates and repeated litigation. It is also frequently misunderstood. As a conceptual framework, affirmative action remains relevant for a national racial justice agenda. Its surviving policies are critical for dismantling institutional practices that limit opportunities for highly qualified African Americans and other marginalized racial minorities.

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