IQ2 Debate: Affirmative Action
In February 2014, the Harvard chapters of the Federalist Society and ACS teamed up with Intelligence Squared Debates (IQ2) to bring a conversation about affirmative action to HLS.
Affirmative action, when used as a factor in college admissions, is meant to foster diversity and provide equal opportunities in education for underrepresented minorities. But is it achieving its stated goals and helping the population it was created to support? Its critics point to students struggling to keep up in schools mismatched to their abilities and to the fact that the policy can be manipulated to benefit affluent and middle class students who already possess many educational advantages. Is it time to overhaul or abolish affirmative action?
The audience voted on the issue before and after hearing panelists. See how it went here, under the results tab.