Does Race Matter in Educational Diversity? A Legal and Empirical Analysis
87 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2012
Date Written: August 1, 2012
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
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