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Sarah Lawrence College Says Minorities Have ‘Anxiety’ Over Affirmative Action Ruling

Sarah Lawrence College Says Minorities Have ‘Anxiety’ Over Affirmative Action Ruling

“the school is asking applicants to write about how the Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision might affect them”

It’s really amazing how upset so many people in higher education are about this ruling.

The College Fix reports:

Minorities have ‘anxiety’ due to affirmative action ruling, Sarah Lawrence College says

The Supreme Court’s decision to prohibit affirmative action in higher education is creating “added anxiety” for minority applicants, the director of admissions for Sarah Lawrence College said.

That is why the school is asking applicants to write about how the Supreme Court’s affirmative action decision might affect them.

Dean of Admissions Kevin McKenna told Business Insider:

Like many institutions and organizations working in higher education, our admissions office is concerned about the added anxiety this year that students (particularly black, brown, or indigenous students, but also students who may identify as LGBTQ) are going to feel forced into relaying narratives that they wouldn’t otherwise choose to share with college.

One of the three essay options for first-year applicants asks:

In a 2023 majority decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “Nothing prohibits universities from considering an applicant’s discussion of how race affected the applicant’s life, so long as that discussion is concretely tied to a quality of character or unique ability that the particular applicant can contribute to the university.”

“Drawing upon examples from your life, a quality of your character, and/or a unique ability you possess, describe how you believe your goals for a college education might be impacted, influenced, or affected by the Court’s decision,” the college asks prospective students.

McKenna said the question “is not intended to set any expectations that an applicant should feel that they need to address past traumas or injustices in order to gain admission to the college.”


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The Gentle Grizzly | July 23, 2023 at 2:11 pm

What about Vicki Lawrence?

    henrybowman in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | July 23, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Entirely puzzled by this comment. Vicki Lawrence went straight from HS into showbiz, and her only “grievance” on record appears to be an equal pay dispute with her producers because she was “not a man with a family to support.” If this is a play on Sarah Lawrence, I don’t get the joke either.

Sarah Lawrence is not allowed to game the ruling by using the essay to guess the race, then prefer one race over another. Their lawyers know it. But many colleges will probably try to get away with some of it.

It’s not Roberts’ fault that they can do this. They could anyway, unless the college essay were banned entirely (perhaps a good idea, but not currently on the table), and it’s not as if they needed someone else to suggest the idea to them. Roberts just mentioned it to say that it could not be used as a way around the ruling.

As for minorities or any other applicants feeling nervous, of course it’s normal to feel nervous when trying to get into a competitive college. Do you mention this, do you avoid that? Will they like my essay? If you have the college essay, it’s an invitation for everyone to feel nervous including minorities.

Friends don’t let friends have anything to do with Sarah Lawrence.

Sjheesh — Wake up, people, it’s 2023, not 1963.

    Jvj1975 in reply to Jvj1975. | July 23, 2023 at 6:07 pm

    Actually, I don’t really know whether it was worthwhile to spend the time and money in 1963 in order to attend Sarah Lawrence

    I do know that in 2023, based on their own published public data, you would very likely be making a really bad decision to be involved with this place. See:

    Eight years after college, half their grads are earning less than high school grads. Don’t believe me—look for yourself

    I’m not trying to be unkind, but Americans really need to face the truth about what enrolling in a college might do for you. And what it very likely won’t do for you.

      OldProf2 in reply to Jvj1975. | July 24, 2023 at 12:47 am

      In the 1970s most of us involved with academia considered Sarah Lawrence to be a finishing school, to teach the daughters of the wealthy how to fit into high society and how to hook a rich husband. We assumed that eight years after college they should have earned their Mrs degree, and should not be working at all.

        Jvj1975 in reply to OldProf2. | July 24, 2023 at 3:04 am

        Lolol Valid point! Doesn’t change my basic point — i e, most people probly much better off saving their money and getting a part time job in lovely Bronxville, NY rather than spending tens of thousands to enroll at Sarah Lawrence. In lovely Bronxville NY

        What can you do with the time and money you’ve saved?

        1. Not worry about taking on debt

        2 learn ballroom dancing – maybe become an instructor Arthur Murray, others

        3 read an book – people do do this, it can increase one’s knowledge

        4 learn a 2nd language – at first on line, then progress from there

        Lots of options in 2023, obviously. And almost all are preferable objectively to Sarah Lawrence in 2023

        Or to paraphrase that erudite academic, Dean Werner, of the highly ranked Faber College, “Unskilled, inexperienced, and in debt is no way to go through life.”

Of course your applicants are nervous. After all, you’re not taking in the cream of the crop, intellectually. So, they’re probably non-critical thinkers, and therefore believe all the baloney about sexism and racism. So, yeah, the fear-mongering by the Progressive prophets and priests takes hold and they’re anxious.

Some concern for ones future wellbeing is required by some people in order to propel themselves into action on their own behalf.

Seems to me if they’re academically prepared and qualified for admission on the merits, there shouldn’t be any anxiety. All students will have an equal opportunity to be admitted, regardless of their skin color. I thought that was the whole point.

Black, brown, purple, white, or green…

Anxious, depressed, gay, straight, or in-between…

If you’ve got whatever it takes to get offered admission to Sarah Lawrence

The worst thing you could do next is enroll at Sarah Lawrence.

(I was trying to make all that into a rhyme. Or a limerick. And gave up)

Btw if you’re from any kind of “disadvantaged” background, you probably should be aware Bronxiville NY median home is about a million dollars. Nothing wrong w that, obvi, but you think you’ll feel comfy/right at home? Idk I’ve never been there. Good luck.

Poor snowflakes have to demonstrate intellectual aptitude to be admitted to college..

Why would a college want students who are not able to perform at a college level?

That’s what junior college is for: learn all the basics that you should have learned in ES and HS. But you were too busy cutting class or causing fights or dozing off and disrespecting teachers because they represent authority.