AALDEF and New American Media to Host Oct. 16th Press Briefing on Asian Americans and Affirmative Action

NAM Briefing.JPG New America Media and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) invite you to a panel discussion with New York's ethnic media to shed light on the impact of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) case on Asian American students.

Diversity Considerations in College Admission: Do They Benefit or Hurt Asian Americans?

On October 10, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in Fisher v. UT-Austin, a case that could determine the future of affirmative action. The Asian American community found itself in the center of the debate, both in the oral arguments and in the court of public opinion. AALDEF, which filed a brief in support of UT-Austin's admissions policy, and New America Media are providing the opportunity for ethnic media to ask hard-hitting questions about how affirmative action really impacts Asian Americans as diversity considerations in higher education hang in the balance.  A panel of attorneys, advocates and experts will tackle the following:

- Are Asian students better off at competitive schools without diversity considerations?

- Do Asians give up spots to Blacks and Latinos at most selective colleges?

- Is it true that Asian Americans need higher SAT scores than others to be accepted to selective universities?

- Are Asian Americans for or against affirmative action?

October 16, 2012, Tuesday, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, 99 Hudson Street, 16th Floor, NY, NY 10013


Thomas Mariadason, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Robert Teranishi, National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE), and associate professor, New York University

Vanessa Leung, Deputy Director, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families

For more questions about the event and to RSVP, contact Anthony Advincula, aadvincula@newamericamedia.org.

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