Jennifer Gomez

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The Supreme Court has upheld affirmative action in higher education recognizing that the consideration of race in a holistic review of a college applicant is narrowly tailored to obtain the compelling state interest of educational benefits associated with a diverse student body. However, recent cases are challenging this precedent and threaten to end the holistic review of college applicants. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina. These two cases will determine the future of race conscious admissions practices. The cases are brought by Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) against Harvard and the University of North Carolina. SFFA is an organization founded by Edward Blum who seeks a prohibition on awareness of race in college admissions.