Supreme Court Fisher Decision: "Reaffirms Value of Diversity in America's Education System"

June 24, 2013

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WASHINGTON, June 24 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is welcoming the Supreme Court's Fisher v. University of Texas ruling — reaffirming the value of diversity in higher education.

"The High Court's ruling reaffirms America's inclusiveness and vision of participation and opportunity for all," said Rea Carey, Task Force Executive Director. "Learning with people from different backgrounds and perspectives benefits all students, our workforce and our nation -- and people of color, particularly LGBT people of color, continue to experience discrimination and exclusion from our nation's institutions."

A chorus of voices from every sphere of American life had urged the Court not to eviscerate higher education's ability to recruit and support diverse student bodies. In states where race is no longer a factor for admission, the enrollment rates of people of color has dipped considerably.

"Affirmative action in university admissions has long served our nation's commitment to equality and justice -- and we still have a long way to go to eliminate racism from our society. We hope that the Court will stand behind its affirmation of the importance of diversity as this case continues to be adjudicated."

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