The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Files Amicus Brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

November 10, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Last week, LULAC filed a friend of the court brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The case is currently pending in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The brief filed by LULAC emphasizes the fact that in order for institutions of higher education to make informed decisions on student admissions, they must take a “holistic” approach. Such a review necessarily includes consideration of a candidate’s ethnicity and race along with grades and test scores. Doing so allows prospective students the opportunity to provide information and experiences that are unique to them.

“We know that young people want the opportunity to attend college,” said LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha Jr., “LULAC has made ensuring access to a high quality education for those students a top priority. As a result, LULAC supports the University of Texas’ current method of using a holistic approach to finding the best and most highly diverse students. We hope that the University of Texas continues to reflect a diverse student body that represents the diverse state it serves, which is in the best interest of any academic institution.”

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit www.LULAC.org, www.LULAC.org/facebook, and www.LULAC.org/twitter.

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