Archive for May, 2015

what’s in a name?

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0528-ramakrishnan-duke-racist-names-20150528-story.html

135+ asian american, native hawaiian, and pacific islander groups sign letter supporting affirmative action

Check out the open letter supporting affirmative action endorsed by over 135 leading AANHPI groups that have been doing civil rights work and community organizing for decades. People really rallied around this–the entire thing happened over 36 hours pretty much:

http://asianamericancivilrights.org/letter-equal-opportunity-higher-education 

Click for: Chinese Translation

Professor Don Nakanishi gave an incredible statement:

I do not believe Harvard discriminates against Asian Americans or any other group of applicants. I have not seen any persuasive evidence to convince me that Harvard has a quota on Asian Americans or that it requires Asian Americans to have higher SAT scores than others who apply.

I believe Asian American applicants, like others who apply, are rigorously and carefully reviewed in terms of their entire, quite comprehensive application, which includes far more than test scores and grades.

I believe Harvard admits an exceptionally talented, diverse and inquisitive group of students from across the country and around the world, who contribute to and take full advantage of the university’s many academic and extracurricular pursuits and strengths.

~ Professor Don Nakanishi, Ph.D., Director Emeritus, UCLA Asian American Studies Center / Yale BA 1971, Harvard PhD 1978, and actively involved in admissions at highly selective universities for over 45 years

The overall site www.asianamericancivilrights.org is an incredible resource for learning around affirmative action and how it impacts AANHPI communities. Check it out!