State Rep. Roberto R. Alonzo applauds the 5th US Court of Appeals
AUSTIN, TX – Texas State Representative Roberto R. Alonzo today applauded the 5th US Court of Appeals ruling on the University of Texas ‘ race-conscious admissions ruling stating that the flagship institution of higher learning may continue to use and consider race and other holistic factors of prospective students in the admissions process.
“Considering the fact that Latinos now make up a significant portion (38%) of the population in Texas, coupled with the continuing growth of Latinos in our Texas public schools compared to the low Latino enrollment at UT Austin and the lack of Latinos in professional employment and leadership positions, it is imperative that this flagship institution of higher learning do all it can to improve and keep pace with the changing, diverse demographics. One of the best ways to meet that goal is to continue to consider race as a holistic factor in the overall admission process, used in concert with the race-neutral Top Ten Percent Plan – both ideas which I have supported since their inception,” said Rep. Alonzo.
“To ignore race as a holistic factor would be a step backward in our efforts as policymakers to work cooperatively with colleges and universities like UT to enhance the richness, diversity and inclusion of all students to be able to receive an equal educational opportunity to a college education. Most importantly, the ruling sends a clear message to colleges and universities all over the country that this is one of the best ways to ensure that diversity, access and availability of a college education is accessible to all students regardless of race, zip code, or family financial circumstances,” continued Rep. Alonzo.