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.
AACE’s 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 investigations into Harvard University’s discriminatory admissions practices against Asian American applicants. As the largest joint action taken by Asian American communities over the past few decades, our complaint attracted extensive media coverage, exposing Ivy League schools’ discrimination against Asian American children on national and international stages. 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, especially, to support Students for Fair Admission’s lawsuits against Harvard and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hills (UNC):
• Starting from the summer of 2015, AACE encourages Asian American students who were unfairly rejected by selective colleges to speak out. In response to our call, five more discriminated-against Asian American students have taken action. They either filed individual complaints with the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education against Ivy Leagues schools or joined SFFA’s lawsuit against Harvard.
• On May 23, 2016, representing 132 Asian American organizations nationwide, AACE submitted an administrative complaint to the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to request that they conduct investigations into Yale University, Brown University and Dartmouth College for their Anti-Asian discriminatory admission practices. It triggered U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation of and lawsuit against Yale University in 2020.
• Since July 30, 2018, AACE has built increasingly large alliances (from 64 in 2015 to 386 partner organizations in 2022) in Asian American communities, filing five amicus briefs in support of SFFA’s lawsuit against Harvard/UNC:
Amicus Brief on July 30th, 2018 with the U.S. District Court in Boston
Amicus Brief on Jan 8th, 2019 with the U.S. District Court in Boston
Amicus Brief on Feb 26, 2020 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Amicus Brief on March 31, 2022 with the U.S. Supreme Court
Amicus Brief on May 9th, 2022 with the U.S. Supreme Court
• In collaboration with partner organizations, AACE has organized two historical rallies in support of SFFA’s lawsuit against Harvard/UNC:
“Rally for the American Dream – Equal Education Rights for All” on October 14, 2018 in Boston before the hearing of the Harvard Case by the U.S. District Court in Boston
“Equal Education Rights for All” Rally on October 30, 2022 in front of the U.S. Supreme Court before the hearing of the Harvard/UNC cases by the U.S. Supreme Court.
• In July 2018, AACE’s policy recommendations for college admissions were adopted by the Trump administration. This was a triumphant moment for AACE, as our relentless efforts were accommodated by the federal government and materialized into a major policy reform.
• Since 2017, AACE has been taking aggressive actions to fight against unlawful racial balancing in K-12 education. AACE joined plaintiffs in a lawsuit against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s attempt to reduce Asian students in specialized high schools. AACE also supported Asian American parents in their fights against the cancelation of objective admission tests in Thomas Jefferson High School and Boston Exam Schools.
• Since 2019, AACE supported Asian Americans in Washington (2019) and California (2020) in their decisive wins against the radical left’s attempt to restore race-based affirmative action.
• May 20, 2019, AACE successfully held the First National Conference on Equal Education Rights at the National Press Club of Washington, DC. Taking an in-depth look into broad issues related to equal education rights, this historic conference featured presentations and speeches by leading scholars, community leaders and government officials from all racial backgrounds. The conference calls for effective, racially harmonious and sustainable policies to eliminate anti-Asian discrimination and to enhance racial diversity in higher education.
Our records have proven: AACE is the most effective and impactful civil rights organization fighting for Asian American interests.
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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