Diversity Roundup: USDA Announces $1.33 Billion Discrimination Settlement

High Court Prepares to Debate Affirmative Action: The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a case that could potentially redefine the way higher education institutions consider race as part of its college admissions, the Washington Post reports. The case involves a white woman, Abigail Fisher, who alleges the University of Texas discriminated against her because of her race, leading her to lose her spot in the 2008 freshmen class.

USDA Announces $1.33 Billion Discrimination Settlement: The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a filing period for Hispanics and women who may have been discriminated against, with a $1.33 billion settlement available for those who prove to have a case, Vindy.com reports.

Census: Latinos Identify as Mixed at a Higher Rate
: Latinos are more likely to identify as mixed race, according to a Census Bureau report as reported on by NBC Latino. Since the Latino label is considered an ethnicity, those who identify as Latino are more likely to also choose another race, the report found.

Approved Applicants of Deferred-Action Program Begin to Emerge: Just 29 applications for deferred deportations have been approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, which has received more than 100,000 applications, the New York Times reports. The approved applicants get temporary deferred action along with two-year work permits, though they do not gain legal immigration status.