Milestone: Black Male Educational Achievement

The Kirwan Institute has been actively involved in the Fisher v. University of Texas litigation. We have been involved nationally in strategizing efforts aiming to secure pathways into college for youth of color.

Kirwan drafted and filed amicus briefs with the United States Supreme Court and with the 5th Circuit Court in support of the UT’s admissions policies. Those policies allowed race to be considered as one of a multiple of factors in a full-file review of applicants’s talents, backgrounds and academic promise in order to enroll a highly diverse class and attain the educational benefits of student body diversity.

Our Executive Director has spoken to numerous audiences around the country about the Fisher case, raising awareness and influencing action about the issues involved and the importance of keeping pathways into college open to traditionally underrepresented minority students whose K-12 experiences disproportionately continue to put them at a disadvantage in the college application process.

Both briefs were filed on behalf of a National Coalition of African American Male Achievement Initiatives, to bring the issue of the little known crisis-level low enrollment of Black males at selective universities to the courts’ attention.

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.