Breed-Based Admissions? Two Harvard students debate before Supreme Court decision

Two Harvard University students on opposing sides offered their arguments on whether or not colleges should consider race during the admissions process ahead of Monday’s Supreme Court affirmative action case.

“Efforts like this are more racially focused, and I think they should be more merit-focused and what they’re actually bringing to college and a holistic view,” said Alma Conway, a third-year student from Arizona, to Fox News. The Venezuelan-American said she didn’t want her ethnicity to be “the most important factor and that’s the only reason I came to Harvard.”

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But Joseph Hernandez, a sophomore from California, disagreed.

“My experience of race in the classroom isn’t that easily separated from other things that typically measure opportunity,” he told Fox News. “I think it’s a factor that drives people’s chances and should be considered as such when we look at admissions.”

Two Harvard University students discuss their opposing viewpoints on affirmative action ahead of the Supreme Court case that begins Oct. 31.

Two Harvard University students discuss their opposing viewpoints on affirmative action ahead of the Supreme Court case that begins Oct. 31.
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Oral arguments will be heard in the Supreme Court beginning Monday in Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College. A ruling in the case, along with another involving the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, could overturn an earlier decision barring colleges from using race-based affirmative action during the admissions process.

Harvard University is being challenged by Students for Fair Admissions Inc. for discriminating against Asian-American students in the college admissions process.

Harvard University is being challenged by Students for Fair Admissions Inc. for discriminating against Asian-American students in the college admissions process.
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“Affirmative action is in a way discriminatory because you look at the differences,” Conway told Fox News. “I think if the court decides to remove it, that’s a step in the right direction.”

But Hernandez said: “There are some very clear issues with admissions, regardless of where you stand on positive action, and while I will urge people to take positive action, I will also say that we need to assess those other issues.”

Click here to view Conway and Hernandez’s entire discussion of affirmative action.

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