Affirmative Action Facts

August 15, 2017

These facts and talking points were developed to guide advocates in discussing the impact of affirmative action on AAPIs.

Affirmative Action looks at who can thrive in the learning environment when given equal opportunity and expands college opportunity beyond those who can claim legacy or affluence in college admissions. Removing affirmative action would hurt many Asian American applicants who continue to face educational barriers. Asian Americans, like all students, benefit from an application process that considers all of each candidate's qualities.

The facts and talking points in this document are extrapolated mostly from the amicus brief filed by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) in Fisher v. University of Texas.