Even as lawsuits challenging its admissions policies made their way through the courts, the University of Michigan carried the torch for affirmative action in higher education.
In June 2003, the Supreme Court vindicated UM's position on affirmative action when it ruled that race may be used as a factor for universities in their admissions programs, thus confirming what the UM had argued all along: diversity in the classroom translates to a beneficial and wide-ranging social value. With the green light given to the law school's admissions policies, Defending Diversity validates the positive benefits gained by students in a diverse educational setting.
Written by prominent University of Michigan faculty, Defending Diversity is a timely response to the court's ruling. Providing factual background, historical setting, and the psychosocial implications of affirmative action, the book illuminates the many benefits of a diverse higher educational setting -- including preparing students to be full participants in a pluralistic democracy -- and demonstrates why affirmative action is necessary to achieve that diversity.
Defending Diversity is a significant contribution to the ongoing discussion on affirmative action in higher education. Perhaps more important, it is a valuable record of the history, events, arguments, and issues surrounding the original lawsuits and the Supreme Court's subsequent ruling, and helps reclaim the debate from those forces opposed to affirmative action.
Patricia Gurin is Professor Emerita, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan. Jeffrey S. Lehman, former Dean of the University of Michigan Law School, is President of Cornell University. Earl Lewis is Dean of Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan.
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About the Author
Patricia Gurin is Professor Emerita, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan.
Jeffrey S. Lehman , former Dean of the University of Michigan Law School, is President of Cornell University.
Earl Lewis is Dean of Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan.
Table of Contents\rrhp\ \1h\ Contents \xt\ \comp: add page numbers on page proofs\ Introduction Nancy Cantor Why History Remains a Factor in the Search for Racial Equality Earl Lewis The Evolving Language of Diversity and Integration to Discussions of Affirmative Action from Bakke to Grutter Jeffrey S. Lehman The Evidence Patricia Gurin, with Eric L. Dey, Gerald Gurin, and Sylvia Hurtado Afterword Mary Sue Coleman Notes Contributors \to come\ Index \to come\
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Universities and colleges United States Admission, Minority college students Recruiting United States, Affirmative action programs United States, Universities and colleges Michigan Ann Arbor Admission, Universities and colleges Admission Law and legislation United States, University of Michigan Admission