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Department of Justice and Department of Education Joint Guidance on the Voluntary Use of Race

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Assistant Attorney General, Thomas E. Perez, and Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Department of Education, Russlynn Ali, have posted joint guidance on the voluntary use of race to achieve diversity or avoid racial isolation in schools. The guidance is intended to help schools, colleges, and universities lawfully achieve compelling interests in diversity, and for K-12 schools, the additional compelling interest in avoiding racial isolation. The guidance is presented in two documents, one for elementary and secondary schools and the other for postsecondary institutions.

To access the joint guidance letter as well as the separate attachments for K-12 educational institutions and for colleges and universities, go to www.justice.gov/crt/about/edu/guidance

Guidance letter

Elementary and secondary school guidance

Postsecondary education guidance