Lessons Learned From Defending Diversity In Higher Education
“In order to cultivate a set of leaders with legitimacy,” Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote for the court in Grutter v. Bollinger, the 2003 decision that recognized student body diversity as a compelling state interest, “it is necessary that the path to leadership be visibly open to talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity.”
It’s an argument not just about what is good for individual students, but about what’s good for society. And it’s an important point for advocates of affirmative action in higher education to keep in mind after the U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear cases challenging affirmative action programs at Harvard and the University of North Carolina.
Originally published: January 28, 2022
Author: Marvin Krislov
Institution: Pace University
Published by: Forbes