April 22, 2014 -The
Supreme Court upheld a Michigan voter initiative that banned racial preferences
in admissions to the state's public universities in the case Schuette v. Bamn. The American Anthropological
Association filed an amicus curiae ("friend of the court") brief in
this case, supporting the universities' use of race in admissions. A
considerable body of research provides convincing evidence that student body
diversity promotes learning outcomes, and better prepares students for an
increasingly diverse workforce and society.
AAA Executive Director, Dr. Edward Liebow said "today's Supreme
Court decision suggests a world view that race has no place in such important
life altering events as university admissions choices." He argues on the
contrary, "this decision flies in the face of social science research that
shows how race matters."
The American Anthropological Association's public
education project, RACE:
Are We So Different? helps to promote a broad understanding of race and
human variation, including the importance of diversity. The RACE Project has
produced to date an award-winning public education program entitled RACE Are We
So Different? The program includes a traveling museum exhibit, an interactive
website, and educational materials.