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The Vermont Connection

Abstract

Lawsuits that dispute the need of affirmative action have surfaced since the establishment of the law in the early 1960s (Park & Liu, 2014). Higher education practitioners and faculty must expand its understanding of affirmative action, racism, and oppression to better understand the need for affirmative action. The relationship between affirmative action and faculty must be studied further to understand the role of affirmative action in higher education. This literature review defines affirmative action, provides arguments that support and oppose affirmative action, explores the relationship between affirmative action and faculty, and provides implications for higher education.