California’s public higher education leaders’ statement regarding SCOTUS decision on the use of race in college admissions

University of California President Michael V. Drake, M.D., California State University Interim Chancellor Jolene Koester, and California Community Colleges Chancellor Sonya Christian made the following statement today (Thursday, June 29) regarding the SCOTUS decision on the use of race in college admissions:

As leaders of California’s public higher education institutions, we are disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision this week to prohibit the use of race in college admissions. The benefits of campus diversity are clear: It leads to higher quality education for all by reflecting a plurality of ideas and perspectives, and it results in increased community benefit when diverse graduates enter the workforce.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at our institutions. We will continue to support programs and practices that seek to address historical inequities and ensure that our colleges and universities are reflective of California’s rich and dynamic diversity. We remain committed to creating educational opportunities for all Californians so that they can reach their full potential and so that all California communities can thrive.