The Linguistic Society of America is pleased to be a co-signer of the American Educational Research Association's amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming reconsideration of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

The brief lays out the research evidence demonstrating that diversity leads to important educational benefits. Numerous studies demonstrate that student body diversity leads to important educational benefits, such as the reduction of prejudice; growth in cognitive abilities, critical thinking skills, and self-confidence; the promotion of civic engagement and skills needed for professional development and leadership; and improved classroom environments and curricula.

US Supreme Court

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case concerning the role of race in higher education admissions, will be argued before the Supreme Court starting December 9. The case was previously sent to the Supreme Court in 2012, during which the LSA co-signed an earlier AERA amicus curiae brief, but the Court sent the case back to a lower court after ruling that the court had not applied the correct legal standards.

The LSA is proud to be a voice for the importance of diversity (including linguistic diversity) and to join organizations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Law and Society Association in co-signing this brief. Please follow the AERA for further updates on this brief and this case.