TLDEF Submits Supreme Court Brief Supporting University of Texas at Austin's Use of Race to Achieve Diversity


HHS Seal

November 16 - TLDEF has joined the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity, the National Organization for Women Foundation, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and other civil rights organizations in filing a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that the University of Texas at Austin’s use of race as one of many factors in making undergraduate admissions decisions is lawful under the equal protection clause.  The case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, is pending before the United States Supreme Court for the second time in two years.

The case has strong implications for transgender people of color, in particular, but affects all of us who benefit from equal opportunity in education, and being part of a diverse community. As we wrote in the brief, the University’s policy accomplishes important goals, including achieving “diversity on campus to ensure that students receive the best possible education and graduate with the skills and experiences necessary to succeed as citizens, workers, and leaders.”

Read the brief here.