On June 29, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in two important cases that addressed the extent to which higher education institutions may consider race as one factor in admissions. Following is a collection of resources that may be helpful in understanding the context and history of this issue, as well as the court’s consideration of the Harvard University and University of North Carolina cases.
Clark Response to the Decision
We unequivocally reaffirm Clark University’s commitment to bringing more diversity into our student body and building a community where our students – faculty and staff, as well – feel they belong and are empowered to succeed. This is core to who we are as an institution, as is our determination to overcome centuries of systemic racism that has been a barrier to higher education for historically underrepresented students.
U.S. Supreme Court Cases
Here you can access all of the docket materials related to both cases, including filings, briefs, procedural documentation, and oral arguments.
Read the Supreme Court decision: Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College.
Clark University joined 32 other colleges and universities in signing an amicus brief supporting the positions of Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, arguing that diversity is critical to the academic and student experience.
Overview of the Issues
Explore the history of affirmative action in higher education admissions and what experts predicted could be the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s consideration of past precedent.