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In just a few moments, we will give post-trial arguments in the #Harvardlawsuit. Watch LDF’s Skadden Fellow @CaraMcClellan6 explain what to expect from the proceedings. #DefendDiversity
Judge Burroughs asks why SFFA’s counsel hasn’t included any student testimony to support their statistical evidence. SFFA’s counsel cites previous cases such as EEOC v Eastman Kodak to explain that they “don’t need to do it” in order to prove their claim. #DefendDiversity
SFFA has done a 180 degree turn on their original claim of intentionally discriminating against Asian Americans.
SFFA’s original claim stated the university did not intentionally discriminate, but later shifted to say that Harvard did intentionally discriminate against Asian American applicants.
1000s of students with perfect GPA’s, SAT scores, and compelling stories do not get into Harvard. SFFA has failed to find one rejected applicant or university employee to corroborate their claim of intentional discrimination. #DefendDiversity
Harvard’s counsel underscores the consistent and credible testimonies of students and alumni compared to SFFA’s incomplete statistical models that discounted or did not consider the many non-academic factors that go into considering applicants.#DefendDiversity
The increase of African-American and Latinx students “is feature not a bug” when considering race in college admissions. In fact, it is has been upheld time and again by #SCOTUS—most recently in Fisher II. #DefendDiversity
If Harvard eliminated the consideration of race from admissions would eliminate the number of Black student by nearly half over a period of four years. #DefendDiversity
SFFA views diversity as fungible. Thankfully Harvard has its First Amendment right under Fisher II to create a robust diverse learning environment. #DefendDiversity
SFFA overestimates grades and test scores in its analysis, even though Harvard does not just consider these academic measures. The university considers an applicants full lived experience in its admissions process. #DefendDiversity
This case is not about racial discrimination. SFFA would attempt to ban this policy in favor of making Harvard more whiter and less diverse—disregarding Supreme Court precedent. #DefendDiversity
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