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On Monday, Aug. 6, The University of Texas at Austin filed its brief to the United States Supreme Court as a respondent in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Abigail Noel Fisher, the plaintiff in the case, claims that she was denied admission to the university in 2008 because she is white.
The brief discusses the university’s admissions process in relation to the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger and the 1978 decision in Regents of University of California v. Bakke.
Those decisions prohibit racial quotas but acknowledge the importance of diversity and allowed universities to consider race among multiple factors while admitting students.
UT’s admissions system was upheld by both the United States District Court of the Western District of Texas and the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. According to the 5th Circuit, “It would be difficult for UT to construct a policy that more closely resembles the policy approved by the Supreme Court in Grutter.”
The Anti-Defamation League held its third Summer Educators Institute to discuss issues of race, gender and social inequity that exist in our city and our classrooms.
Funded by the Tocker Foundation and co-sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, the institute gives educators a chance to learn new cutting-edge research and curriculum while creating a safe space to grapple with their own biases. Teachers also heard from student panels about issues students face related to bullying and hate speech. For more information about the institute, visit the Jewish Outlook website. Read More
As a demonstration school, the University of Texas Elementary School shares best practices far and wide. On Aug. 9 a group of administrators from the three school districts in the Rio Grande Valley along with visitors from the University of Texas School of Public Health came to learn about UT Elementary’s Healthy Families Initiative and tour the new school building.
The educators and public health professionals are part of a new initiative called Transforming Texas in Cameron County. Read More
Written by Shante Johnson
Over 60 high school students participated in Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA), a college preparatory program sponsored by UT Outreach – San Antonio from July 17 through 20. The event took place at Café College, one of the city’s most well-known locations for kids to seek out information on college.
The 9th and 10th graders participated in a two-day program which included workshops on social media, community service, public speaking, PSAT and ACT preparation, career exploration and resume building.
The 11th and 12th graders participated in two days of workshops which featured tips on writing essays for college admission, finding and securing scholarships, understanding the different types of financial aid, building a strong résumé, and preparing for the SAT/ACT.
At the conclusion of each of the two-day programs, students received t-shirts and certificates of completion for their participation. Read More
University of Texas at Austin senior and Gateway Scholars mentor Michael Williams has traveled a long way from Corsicana, Texas, where he grew up—both figuratively and geographically. With guidance from the Gateway Scholars program staff, he overcame a fluctuating grade point average and indecision over his major—problems which dogged Williams his first two years at the university. He also began speaking at conferences and getting involved with a variety of groups including Student Government, Afrikan American Affairs and the Study Abroad Office, which led this first-generation college student to Maymesters in England and Ghana.
Now beginning his third year as a Gateway mentor, Williams tries to help students learn that they can achieve much more than they think possible. But he also approaches the mentoring process as a friend to the new students. Speaking from experience he explained that freshmen often put themselves in situations they later regret. His message to first-year students is, “You don’t come here to stop applying yourself; you continue to reach higher.”