Although he probably could have spent more time looking at the camera, President Bill Powers makes me proud to attend The University of Texas.
A diverse student body is essential to maintaining a quality well-rounded environment for learning and experiencing new things at college. According to the brief submitted by UT on Monday,
UT has learned through experience that diversity has invaluable educational benefits. These benefits include, but are not limited to, promoting cross-racial understanding; breaking down racial, ethnic, and geographic stereotypes; and creating an environment where students do not feel like spokespersons for their race.
The opportunity of attending a top-tier public university to minorities and underrepresented communities is a societal obligation that this country faces. My university is doing right on that obligation by, as President Powers puts it, having a
very narrowly tailored and modest use of ethnicity in our admissions policies, along with many other factors that make for successful students, in a holistic review.
This is simply the right thing to do and I am glad that my university is not cowering to political pressures.
Of course, the Republican Party of Texas, currently chaired by a UT alum, would have to disagree. In the state party platform passed in June, Texas Republicans included the following gem on page 7:
Inasmuch as the Civil Rights Movement argued against using race as a factor in American life, affirmative action reintroduces race as a divisive force in American life. The Republican Party of Texas believes in equal opportunity for all citizens without regard to race or gender. To that end, we oppose affirmative action.
Gross, GOP. Just gross.