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.
Its journey started in later 2014 when its founders decided to unite Asian-American communities to speak out against Ivy Leagues schools’ discriminatory college admission practices against Asian-American children. On May 15, 2015, the founders of AACE united 64 Asian-American organizations and jointly filed a civil rights violation complaint with the Department of Education and Department of Justice to request that they conduct an investigation 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, after the complaint was filed, it immediately caught enormous media attention and attracted the support from many parts of American society, including bipartisan support of the U.S. House of Representatives. It has been a historic event.
With this great start, AACE has made continuous efforts to fight for Asian-American children’s equal education rights:
• On September 10, 2015, representing 117 Asian-American organizations, AACE and Asian American Legal Foundation jointly filed an Amicus Brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging a total ban of racial discrimination in college admissions. This document is filed in support of the petitioner in Fisher v. University of Texas.
• Starting from summer of 2015, AACE encourages Asian-American students who were unfairly rejected by top American universities to speak out. In response to our call, five more discriminated-against Asian-American students have spoken. They either filed the individual complaints with the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education against Ivy Leagues schools for their unfair treatment, or joined AACE’s complaint against Ivy League schools.
• On May 23, 2016, representing 132 Asian-American American organizations all over the nation, AACE submitted an administrative complaint to the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to request that they conduct an investigation into Yale University, Brown University and Dartmouth College for their discriminatory admission practices against Asian-American applicants.
• November 30, 2016, AACE called upon Asian American parents and concerned citizens to go to President Elected’ s website, asking the Trump Administration to ban the illegal use of race in college admissions and to ensure that all Americans, regardless of their race, have equal education rights. In the following months, leaders the leaders of AACE traveled to multiple cities to meet with the U.S. Government officials and other policy influencers to urge the U.S. Government to take appropriate actions to protect Asian American children’s constitutional rights.
By November of 2017, our efforts have finally yielded meaningful results. In response to our complaint, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has taken concrete action to investigate Harvard. This is a major milestone in our pursuit of equal education rights for Asian American children!
DOJ’s investigation of Harvard sends a strong warning to many other colleges. It will force them to restrain their unlawful admissions practices, consequently, significantly increase the admission ratio of American children, just like what happened to Harvard University and Princeton University, after they were suited/complained by Asian American students or organizations.
Our records have proven: AACE is the most effective and impactful civil-rights organization fighting for Asian American interests.
Nevertheless, many other American colleges have not stopped their discriminatory admission practices against Asian American children. There is much work to be done in the areas of policy, legal and public opinion. It is imperative for us to continue our endeavor in order to totally eliminate racial discrimination in college admissions and other education arena for our children and children of all Americans.
AACE will use the following democratic approaches to advance our cause:
1. Conduct media campaigns and community outreach to increase public awareness and expand our alliances;
2. File administrative complaints or take legal actions against institutions that discriminate against Asian-American applicants;
3. Encourage and support discriminated-against Asian-American students to file complaints or take legal actions;
4. Advocate for policy and/or legislative changes in favor of equal education opportunities;
5. File position papers on relevant policy and legal issues.
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