The University of North Carolina, an institution that is currently being sued for its discriminatory admissions practices, is now reportedly currently promoting a research fellowship that excludes white candidates.
The Fellowship for Exploring Research in Nutrition is sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, whose affirmative action policy is being scrutinized by the Supreme Court alongside Harvard University’s and whose affirmative action program is now reportedly only accepting applications from students who identify as “Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC).”
The university pays for the fellows’ on-campus housing, and they receive significant mentoring opportunities, such as letters of recommendation. Fellows can also earn thousands of dollars through the program.
The Office of Civil Rights in the District of Columbia received a complaint regarding the fellowship on Monday from economist Mark Perry.
The complaint apparently requests that the agency look into any “race-based discrimination” at the university.
Both UNC Chapel Hill and Harvard are presently awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision over a complaint filed by the anti-affirmative action organization Students for Fair Admissions.
Both schools, according to the organization, are infringing on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids racial discrimination by any organization who receive federal funding.
Colleges and universities won’t be able to utilize race as a criterion for admissions any more if Students for Fair Admissions wins the legal battle.