Asian-American Coalition for Education (AACE) is a non-political, non-profit national organization, the proven leader in fighting for Asian-American children’s equal education rights.
Our journey began in late 2014 when AACE founders decided to unite Asian-American communities to fight against Ivy League schools’ discriminatory admissions practices. On May 15, 2015, the founders of AACE united 64 Asian-American organizations and jointly filed a civil rights complaint with the Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to request that they conduct investigations into Harvard University’s discriminatory admissions practices against Asian-American applicants. As the largest joint action taken by Asian-American communities over the last few decades, our complaint filing immediately attracted enormous media attention and exposed Ivy League Schools’ discrimination against Asian-American children on the national and international stages. It also garnered strong support from various groups in the American society, particularly bipartisan support from members of the U.S. House of Representatives. It was a historic event.
From this encouraging start, AACE has made great strides in our arduous fight for Asian-American children’s equal education rights. The followings are a few highlights:
• On September 10, 2015, representing 117 Asian-American organizations, AACE and Asian American Legal Foundation (AALF) jointly filed an Amicus Brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging a total ban of racial discrimination in college admissions.
• Since summer 2015, AACE has encouraged and supported Asian-American students who were unfairly rejected by top American universities to speak out. In response to our call, five discriminated-against Asian-American students have filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) against Ivy Leagues schools.
• On May 23, 2016, representing 132 Asian-American American organizations all over the nation, AACE submitted an administrative complaint to the DOE and the DOJ to request that they conduct an investigation into Yale University, Brown University and Dartmouth College for their discriminatory admission practices against Asian-American applicants.
• Since late 2015, AACE has been taking aggressive actions to support Asian Americans’ fight against various attempts to unlawfully use racial balancing in K-12 education in Montgomery County, Maryland, as well as in Specialized High Schools of New York City.
• Starting from November 2017, our tireless efforts have generated tangible results: in response to our civil-rights complaints against Harvard University in 2015 and against Yale University in 2016, the federal government announced its investigation of Harvard November 2017 and that of Yale University in September 2018. As a major milestone in our pursuit of equal education rights for Asian-American children, the U.S. government’s investigations into Harvard University and Yale University have sent a strong warning to many other colleges, as the pressure is on for them to refrain from their unlawful admissions practices. Consequently, the admission probability of Asian-American children at these schools can be significantly improved, as demonstrated by the case of Princeton University after it was complained by Asian-American students.
• Between January 2017 and June 2018, the AACE leadership traveled to multiple cities to meet with U.S. government officials and other policy influencers to urge the U.S. Government to enact a policy reform in college admission to rescind Obama-era policy guidelines that promoted racial balancing and condoned discrimination against Asian-American children. AACE’s policy recommendations were adopted by the federal government in July 2018 when it abolished the Obama-era policy guidelines and restored Bush-era policy guidelines that prohibit the illegal use of racial quotas and racial stereotypes in college admissions. This is a triumphant moment for AACE when our relentless efforts are accommodated by the federal government and crystalized into a major policy reform. It marks a new chapter for millions of Asian-American children. If the new policy is faithfully implemented, Asian-American children will have a higher chance to be admitted into their dream colleges.
• On July 30, 2018, representing 156 Asian-American organizations, AACE and AALF jointly filed an Amicus Brief with the United States District Court in Boston to oppose Harvard University’s discriminatory admissions practices and to support the plaintiff (Students for Fair Admissions, SFFA) in its lawsuit against Harvard University. One month later, the DOJ joined our side with a United States’ Statement of Interest denouncing Harvard’s anti-Asian discrimination in admissions.
Our records have proven: AACE has become the most effective and impactful civil-rights organization fighting for Asian American interests.
Nevertheless, our honorable fight is far from completion. Many American colleges have not stopped their discriminatory admissions practices against Asian-American children. Much more work must be done in the areas of public policies, legislations, and public opinions. It is imperative for us to carry on our endeavors to abolish racial discrimination in college admissions and other educational aspects for our children and all future generations of this great nation.
AACE uses the following democratic approaches to advance our cause:
1. Conduct media campaigns and community outreach to increase public awareness and expand our alliance;
2. File administrative complaints and/or take legal actions against institutions that discriminate against Asian-American applicants;
3. Encourage and support discriminated-against Asian-American students to file individual complaints or take legal actions;
4. Advocate for policy and/or legislative changes in favor of equal education rights;
5. File position papers on relevant policy and legal issues.
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