Can More Race Options On College Forms Hinder Affirmative Action?

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Usually the struggle with filling out college forms is found in writing a personal statement, nowadays it is identifying one’s racial makeup students, and school officials, find most perplexing.

Due to the Department of Education’s new requirement for universities to comply with broader options of ethnicities and races, how to account for racial mixes in seeking diversity on campus has been called into question. Some scholars worry that the growth in multiracial applicants could further erode the original intent of affirmative action, which is to help disadvantaged minorities.

The NY Times Reports:

The new options have forced colleges to confront thorny questions, including how to account for various racial mixes in seeking diversity on campus. Is a student applying as black and Latino more desirable in terms of diversity than someone who is white and black? Or white and Vietnamese? Should the ethnicities of one’s distant relatives be considered fair game, or just parents? And what should be done about students who skip the race question altogether — a sizable number of whom, some studies have shown, are white, and do so either in protest or out of fear that identifying as merely white could hurt rather than help their chances in this new environment?

What do you think?

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