“…the universities also necessarily deny themselves and the rest of their students the benefit of what those excluded students have to offer.”
The Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR) threatened legal action against the University of Chicago. From The College Fix:
The University of Chicago’s medical school changed its stipend program that excluded white students after a foundation warned that it could be in violation of federal law.
The program was directed toward “those who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native Americans (American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians), and Asian (Hmong, Vietnamese, Laotian, and Filipino).”
The Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism challenged the legality of the program in a letter the organization sent to the school.
“When universities use skin color or other immutable characteristics as an absolute bar for eligibility to participate in certain programs, they necessarily deprive some deserving students who would be a good fit for the program from having the opportunity to experience all the university has to offer,” Staff Attorney Leigh Ann O’Neill told The Fix through a spokesman.
“In turn, the universities also necessarily deny themselves and the rest of their students the benefit of what those excluded students have to offer,” she wrote. “These programs are aimed at raising up a particular group of students who are perceived to be disenfranchised; however, categorizing eligibility based on immutable characteristics grossly and offensively oversimplifies the problems the universities are trying to address.”
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