TCU Senate passes resolution regarding legacy in undergraduate admissions, hears appeal from Tufts Republicans

TCU Senate passes resolution regarding legacy in undergraduate admissions, hears appeal from Tufts Republicans

The staircase on Prez Lawn is pictured on October 19., 2021. The Tufts Community Union Senate voted on its first resolution of the semester, heard an appeal from Tufts Republicans and heard supplementary funding requests in a meeting on Sunday. TCU Historian and Class of 2024 Senator Mariana Janer-Agrelot introduced a resolution submitted by Ameya Menta and Christopher Tomo, calling on Tufts Undergraduate Admissions to cease consideration of familial connection to the university when selecting applicants. The resolution would call on admissions to stop asking applicants if they have family who are alumni, faculty or are connected to the university, and to remove the question of familial connection from all aspects of the application process. Menta and Tomo, both sophomores, were granted five minutes to present their case. Menta said that eliminating legacy in admissions will serve Tufts’ anti-racist mission. “The importance of equity in college admission is apparent now more than ever with Tufts’ commitment to an anti-racist institution,” Menta said. “In July 2020, Tufts University recognized a commitment to identify and eradicate structural racism in five key areas and one of the key areas included the selection of the academic body.” Tomo explained that several other institutions, including the Tufts University School of Medicine, have eliminated legacy from the admissions process. “In July, Colorado as a state banned the consideration of legacy at all of its public universities,” Tomo said. “Here at Tufts, the School of Medicine announced that it no longer asks that the student application […]

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