“While not explicitly mentioned, the question alludes to applicants’ race”
This sure looks like an attempt to get around the Affirmative Action ruling.
Campus Reform reports:
UVA adds racial identity question to admissions essay
The University of Virginia (UVA) announced a new essay question for the 2023 to 2024 admissions cycle that circumvents the Supreme Court’s ruling that universities can no longer consider race in college admissions.
Applicants are now required, in 300 words, to answer: “What about your background, perspective, or experience will serve as a source of strength for you and those around you at UVA?”
While not explicitly mentioned, the question alludes to applicants’ race because it appeals to sources of oppression and marginalization given the “background, perspective, or experience” should be seen as a “source of strength.”
Craig Meister, a college admissions coach and educational consultant, described UVA’s question as “leading,” eliciting responses that highlight applicants’ diversity. Meister also said a potential reason for this new question is that a “particular faction” of UVA’s admissions committee wanted to align the university with President Joe Biden’s suggestion to “account the adversity a student has overcome” in the process.
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