Intel Files Amicus Brief in Support of Harvard College

On Thursday, Intel filed an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals in support of Harvard College in Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College. Intel was joined by 13 other companies, including, but not limited to, Apple, Verizon, Microsoft, GE and Cisco.

Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. (“SFFA”) filed a lawsuit in federal district court alleging that Harvard College discriminates against Asian-American applicants in their undergraduate admissions process in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (a federal civil rights law). SFFA claimed, in part, that Harvard College unlawfully considered race during the admissions process to the detriment of Asian-American applicants. The district court ruled Harvard’s undergraduate admission program did not discriminate against Asian-American applicants and that its admission program was narrowly tailored to achieve a compelling interest in student body diversity. The SFFA appealed the decision, and the case is currently before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Intel believes diversity and inclusion are critical to our evolution and key to our long-term success. To shape the future of technology, we must be representative of that future. Inclusive teams of people with diverse perspectives are more creative and innovative. Intel wanted to take this opportunity to share with the Court how important it is to have diversity in higher education and the workforce. Read the full brief here.

6 thoughts on “Intel Files Amicus Brief in Support of Harvard College

  1. Sorry to see this –should not everyone be held to the same standard or Is Intel supporting double standards — if it is about affluence an wealth was that not earned by the parents due their own high standards and achievements / accomplishments

  2. This doesn’t support the value of Equal Opportunity when people are legally allowed to be discriminated against based on their race. There’s diversity of background in every ethnicity.

    A diverse group should have proofread this last line Intel gave on page 19 “It is only though this diverse and inclusive setting that a company can perform at its best.” Through*

  3. I disagree with the need to file a brief on this action. Is Intel filing on behalf of the Asian Americans who would be admitted or against the other applicants who wouldn’t be admitted if race were not a factor?

    Race is always a factor. Family support is always a factor. Financial resources are always a factor.

    Intel is overtly throwing their cards in a libertarian basket. Of course people should always be judged by the content of their character. It would seem our current leadership thinks there is no problem.

    The cream always rises to the top, but the cream is also always white. Sure Asian Americans outscore other races in admissions tests. We have many many Engineers here at Intel directed into Engineering jobs by their family culture (many who really shouldn’t be there – just saying.) There are others who have a much larger hurdle to jump.

    Intel should be providing educational opportunities for all before generational racism and cultural bias stultify our business and operational workflow beyond our control. These are kids we are talking about. Not recent college grads. Intel seems to be confused on this and other things.

  4. I posted this comment a couple days ago… I don’t mind moderation but if it doesn’t happen in a timely way it loses its meaning. I might be best to go a user flag model for inappropriate content.

    Here is my comment again – in case this got lost.

    I’m not happy about this but despite the comment below see both sides of this. I don’t see Intel’s stake here however for students who haven’t finished their education. We need to be more careful about how and when we allocate our resources.

    Tim Smith says:

    May 24, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Your comment is awaiting moderation. This is a preview, your comment will be visible after it has been approved.

    I disagree with the need to file a brief on this action. Is Intel filing on behalf of the Asian Americans who would be admitted or against the other applicants who wouldn’t be admitted if race were not a factor?

    Race is always a factor. Family support is always a factor. Financial resources are always a factor.

    Intel is overtly throwing their cards in a libertarian basket. Of course people should always be judged by the content of their character. It would seem our current leadership thinks there is no problem.

    The cream always rises to the top, but the cream is also always white. Sure Asian Americans outscore other races in admissions tests. We have many many Engineers here at Intel directed into Engineering jobs by their family culture (many who really shouldn’t be there – just saying.) There are others who have a much larger hurdle to jump.

    Intel should be providing educational opportunities for all before generational racism and cultural bias stultify our business and operational workflow beyond our control. These are kids we are talking about. Not recent college grads. Intel seems to be confused on this and other things.

  5. Now that I post the response to my response… of course my original comment is visible to me (though still pending moderation…. 2 days later.) Please help do the right thing here.

    Best Tim

  6. Intel is filing a brief supporting a College that is allegedly discriminating against Asian-Americans? I am shocked and disappointed in Intel leadership on this issue. By doing this, Intel is supporting discrimination against Asian Americans.

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