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Does Race Matter in Educational Diversity? A Legal and Empirical Analysis

87 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2012  

Charles E. Daye

University of North Carolina School of Law

A. T. Panter

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill

Walter R. Allen

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Linda F. Wightman

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro

Date Written: August 1, 2012

Abstract

This article reports The Educational Diversity Project’s findings on two empirical questions: (1) Do students differ by race upon entering law school? (2) Do any differences contribute educational benefits to students, institutions, or society? Extensive quantitative and qualitative empirical data support the finding that a racially diverse law student body provides educational benefits. Many differences students present are associated with diversities of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, expectations, and outlooks that are related to their race. Diversity fosters richer interactions and positive educational outcomes. Race contributes to the achievement of educational diversity that benefits students, their institution, and society.

Keywords: educational diversity, compelling state interest, racial justice, constitutional law, Fourteenth Amendment

Suggested Citation

Daye, Charles E. and Panter, A. T. and Allen, Walter R. and Wightman, Linda F., Does Race Matter in Educational Diversity? A Legal and Empirical Analysis (August 1, 2012). Rutgers Race and the Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2101253

Charles Daye (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina School of Law ( email )

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380
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A. T. Panter

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill ( email )

102 Ridge Road
Chapel Hill, NC NC 27514
United States

Walter Allen

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) ( email )

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Box 951361
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States

Linda Wightman

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro ( email )

Greensboro, NC 27412
United States

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