CLASS: Affirmative Action

Would we like to create an affirmative action policy for Iowa State University?
— How and why WILL practice
— How and why ISU will not practice


  • to create an equally conducive environment for all shareholders on campus
  • provides a way to enrich the collegiate experience for shareholders by providing access to all via employment or education
  • help to continue the desegregation of all peoples
  • increase the employment and education opportunities for people of under-represented races and women, which in turns increases the human capital for the United States
  • continue to communicate and practice the importance of equality to all people within the academic environment both in employment and education via the affirmative action policy
  • show the benefits of affirmative actions to the campus community


  • inhibit the rights of the majority allowing the stigma of special privileges
  • give access to people who have not gained the respective merit necessary to be a part of the community
  • allow homogeneous view to drive the collegiate practices to be comprimised

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