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Brown University Defends Affirmative Action, Legacy Admissions

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Christina Hull Paxson, Brown University president
Christina Hull Paxson, Brown University presidentPhotographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg
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Brown University President Christina Paxson defended the principles of affirmative action and preferential treatment to the children of alumni in admissions in the face of debate over two long-standing practices across American higher education.

“We haven’t found a good alternative” to affirmative action in ensuring a diverse student body, Paxson said in a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg News journalists on Wednesday. “The moves against taking race into account as one of many factors in admissions basically blocks out a really important piece of information about a person in the life that they’ve experienced.”