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 June 20, 2003 -- No. 343

UNC officials are available to provide reaction to affirmative action case

A Supreme Court decision is expected soon in the case concerning affirmative action. Officials representing the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are available to provide reaction to the decision when it is announced.

Like the University of Michigan – the defendant in the case – Carolina is a highly selective university that conducts a comprehensive, holistic admissions review, with race as one of many factors considered.

Carolina’s School of Law filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to permit willing colleges and universities to take race into consideration as one factor (along with many other factors presently used by admissions officials) in making their admissions decisions. The brief argued that multi-racial student bodies are not only helpful to all students’ learning and interchange, but especially important in preparing a new generation of state and regional leaders for public and private service.

The amicus brief was written by members of Carolina’s School of Law faculty.

Possible UNC sources to contact in reference to the affirmative action decision:

In 2001, he was named a member of the National Board for College Education, part of a national advisory committee guiding the College Board in introducing U.S. seventh-graders to the college admissions process and encouraging them to consider college and take challenging courses.

Moeser also has championed the university’s longtime commitment to diversity. Recent accolades include a Journal of Blacks in Higher Education survey showing Carolina had the most tenured black faculty - 51 - among the nation’s highly ranked universities and was among only four such schools with 100 or more total black faculty. Carolina ranked 15th among the top 50 campuses for African Americans as listed by Black Enterprise magazine in 2003. That ranking was based on a survey to determine which schools were good social and academic fits for black students.

Lucido is one of about 60 admissions directors nationwide who are working on the College Board’s Admissions Models Project, and he has moderated one of its three national meetings. The project examined how admissions officials make decisions. The project produced an Admissions Decision-Making Models report available on the College Board’s Web site.

Lucido also has moderated discussions on admissions practices at each of the last two annual meetings of the College Board. For more information, click on www.collegeboard.com/ and search the site for "admissions decisions."

Boger, who serves as deputy director for the UNC Center for Civil Rights, teaches civil procedure, constitutional law, education law, racial discrimination and poverty law. A UNC School of Law faculty member, he has taught as a lecturer or adjunct professor at Harvard, New York Law School and Florida State University.

Daye, a member of the law school faculty, teaches torts, housing and community development, and administrative process and advocacy. He is the senior author of a course book, "Housing and Community Development," and is co-author of "N.C. Law of Torts." In addition, he has published on housing, state administrative procedure, torts, constitutional law, ethics in law school admissions, affirmative action and academic support programs.

Since 1996, Ervin has directed the university’s efforts to recruit, retain and graduate minority students. Those duties have included providing support for minority faculty, staff and student organizations and working with such areas as admissions, scholarships and financial aid and other university units concerning campus life issues.

Media representatives seeking interviews with other UNC officials may contact News Services at (919) 962-2091.

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News Services contacts: L.J. Toler, (919) 962-8589 or laura_toler@unc.edu (print); Deb Saine, (919) 962-8415 or deborah_saine@unc.edu (print); or Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595 or karen_moon@unc.edu (broadcast)