The Asian American Coalition for Education recently issued a letter to the Asian American community, calling for discriminated-against Asian American students to file complaints. The following is the letter:
Each year, many Asian-American applicants with excellent extra-curricular activities, competition medals, extraordinary SAT scores, and high GPAs are unfairly rejected by Ivy League universities, who illegally use quotas, racially-differentiated standards and stereotypes to discriminate against Asian-American applicants. On average, after adjusting extracurricular activities, Asian-American students have to score 140-450 points higher on SAT exams than students of other races in order to attend America’s elite universities.
Since 2006, Asian American students and organizations have been fighting for our children’s equal education rights. It has created significant social and political pressure that caused some Ivy League universities to reduce their discrimination against Asian-American applicants:
After the Student for Fair Admissions filed a lawsuit in 2014 and Asian American Coalition for Education (AACE) filed a joint complaint against Harvard University in 2015, Harvard’s admission rate of Asian-Americans jumped from 17% prior to 2014 to 22% in 2016.
After a few Asian-American students filed a complaint against Princeton University since 2006, its admission rate of Asian Americans increased from 14.7% in 2007 to 21.9% in 2012 and 25.4% in 2014.
Nevertheless, a majority of Ivy League universities have not changed their discriminative admission practice yet. The Asian American community cannot afford to be silent. In order to eliminate the discrimination, AACE calls upon all Asian American applicants who were unfairly rejected by Ivy League colleges this year to submit their individual complaint with the Department of Education. If the student is unfairly rejected by Yale University, Brown University or Dartmouth College, we urge you join AACE’s complaint against these three universities as soon as possible.
Jian Li, Michael Wang, and very recently, Hubert Zhao, son of AACE president YuKong Zhao, have courageously filed individual complaints against Ivy League universities. Please follow their footsteps to create a positive impact on the Asian American community.
Only by speaking out will Asian Americans have a chance to bring equal opportunity for their children.
As required by the Department of Education, any complainant shall submit a complaint within 180 days after the suspected discriminatory treatment. It will take 30 minutes to fill out the online form. Please see http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html.
We stand ready to provide reasonable assistance and support to eligible students. We will issue a statement to the Department of Education and the media in support of your individual filing. If the complaint is submitted anonymously, there shall be virtually no risks.
Those who are interested in filing individual complaints or join in our complaints against Yale University, Brown University and Dartmouth College, please contact AACE at Info@asianamericanforeducation.org.
The Asian American Coalition for Education is a non-political, non-profit, national organization devoted to promoting equal rights for Asian-Americans in education and education-related activities. It is a grass-roots organization established by Asian-American parents.
Swann Lee, YuKong Zhao,
Asian American Coalition for Education