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Conservative group claims Texas medical schools discriminate against whites, Asians and men

A conservative legal group is suing six Texas medical schools, including UT Southwestern Medical School, alleging diversity admissions practices discriminate against whites, Asians and men.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of an applicant who was rejected by the schools, is the latest lawsuit against the university’s campus diversification policy.

“Each of the defendant medical schools and universities, and almost every medical school and university in the United States, discriminate on the basis of race and sex in the admission of students, giving discriminatory preferences to women and non-Asian minorities, and also discriminating against whites, Asians and men,” says in the lawsuit.

George Stewart, a native of Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, alleges in the lawsuit that he was denied admission to six medical schools during the 2021-2022 application cycle despite believing “he would be a good candidate for admission to Texas medical schools.” ” based on his education and work experience.

On Tuesday, America First Legal filed a federal lawsuit against the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, the Dell School of Medicine at the University of Texas at Austin, the McGovern School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, and the John Seeley School of Medicine at the University of Texas. The Texas Medical Center at Galveston, the Long School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and school administrators and admissions officers.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center spokeswoman Suzanne Cisneros said the university had not yet received notice of the lawsuit as of Tuesday afternoon.

“If a lawsuit is received, it is university policy not to comment on the pending lawsuit,” Cisneros said in a statement.

Russell Ryan, a spokesman for UT Southwestern Medical School, also said in an email that the school is not commenting on the upcoming lawsuit.

Representatives from the University of Texas system did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Dallas Morning News.

The lawsuit alleges that the practice of “exploiting racial and gender bias in student admissions”, commonly referred to as affirmative action, “allows applicants with lower academic records to enroll at the expense of rejected candidates with better academic records”.

According to the lawsuit, after being denied admission, Stewart requested data on the students admitted to each school. It received race, gender, and Medical College Entrance Test (MCAT) scores from every applicant during the 2021-2022 cycle.

“The data show that the average and average scores and MCAT scores of accepted black and Hispanic students are significantly lower than the average and MCAT scores of accepted white and Asian students,” the lawsuit says, alleging that schools prioritize women, blacks and Latin Americans.

Stewart intends to reapply to six medical schools in line with the lawsuit, but wants schools to be prohibited from taking race into account in the admissions process and selecting applicants “with color blindness and racially neutrality.”

In addition, the lawsuit seeks to have the court appoint monitors to oversee diversity offices at any of the six institutions.

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The America First Legal group is committed to “fighting the left’s radical and lawless agenda” and is led by several former Trump administration officials.

Stephen Miller, president of America First Legal and a former adviser to President Donald Trump, said in a statement that the lawsuit aims to stop denying admission to qualified applicants because they are of the “wrong” race.

“Decisions about who becomes a doctor – with power over life and death – should be made solely on the basis of merit,” Miller said in a statement. “Following science means nothing if it doesn’t mean making objective decisions based on results.”

In September, the same group filed a lawsuit against Texas A&M University on behalf of a professor who argued that the faculty scholarship program and the university’s “racial preferences and exclusions” prevented it from “competing with other candidates for these teaching positions on equal terms.” on an equal footing.”

The U.S. Supreme Court may decide the fate of university programs to promote diversity in recruitment and hiring this year when it rules in two similar cases challenging racially sensitive hiring practices at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

The court had previously upheld the University of Texas’s use of affirmative action in college admissions.

In 2016, he ruled in favor of the University of Texas at Austin in a case involving a complaint by a white Houston student who alleged that her 2008 withdrawal from the flagship campus was unfair.

The 4-3 ruling recognized that UT’s admissions program at the time was legal under the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, but new judges appointed by President Donald Trump have since changed the court to a conservative majority.

The DMN Education Lab deepens coverage and discussion of pressing educational issues critical to the future of North Texas.

The DMN Education Lab is a community-funded journalism initiative supported by The Beck Group, Bobby and Lottie Lyle, Texas Community Foundation, Dallas Foundation, Dallas Regional Chamber, Didi Rose, Garrett and Cecilia Boone, Meadows Foundation, The Murrell Foundation, Solution Journalists Network , Southern Methodist University, Sydney Smith Hicks, Todd A. Williams Family Foundation and the University of Texas at Dallas. The Dallas Morning News retains full editorial control of Education Lab’s journalism.

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