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A group called Asian American Coalition for Education and others rallied Sunday afternoon in Boston in support of the lawsuit. But critics question Blum’s agenda. “Is he concerned about discrimination against Asian Americans?” said Janelle Wong, a professor of Asian American studies at the University of Maryland, who supports the Harvard policy. “My answer is, ‘No way.'”

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Students for Fair Admissions filed its lawsuit against Harvard in 2014, alleging that the university limits the number of Asian Americans admitted to its undergraduate college in an effort to boost applicants from other racial and ethnic groups. The group canada goose outlet also alleged that Harvard has not given adequate consideration to how it might create a diverse student body without resorting to affirmative action.

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Burroughs will also allow civil rights advocacy groups to call as many as eight witnesses who support Harvard’s policy, including students and alumni. Jin Hee Lee, senior deputy director of litigation for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said his group expects to call three Harvard students to testify one Vietnamese American, one African American and one biracial canada goose outlet 2015 student of Mexican and African American background. It will also call a Chinese American graduate to testify, Lee said.

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Students for Fair Admissions bases much of its case on admissions data and documents obtained through pretrial discovery. In June, it filed papers with the court showing the results of an analysis from Duke University economist Peter S. Arcidiacono. He concluded that the data show Asian Americans suffer a “significant penalty” relative to white students when Harvard rates their personal qualities and when it makes admission decisions.

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