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Statement on Supreme Court Ruling Limiting Race-Conscious Admissions

WASHINGTON – The United States Supreme Court released its decision today on the use of race-conscious admissions programs in higher education, holding that "Harvard's and UNC's admissions programs violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment."

“The Council on Foundations supports diversity in all its forms, because it makes for better decisions and a stronger, more adaptable society,” said Kathleen Enright, President and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “Because of America’s history of racial inequities, among other forms of oppression, supporting racial diversity has been a key part of philanthropy’s work toward the greater good. The Supreme Court’s ruling limiting the use of race-conscious admissions in higher education is disappointing, but we remain committed to helping our members who support that field to continue to work toward diversity within the confines of federal law.”

The Council’s legal team is working to assess the implications of the court’s ruling on grantmakers. While this opinion may create new questions for foundations and other organizations committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are committed to helping our members navigate these waters with guidance and resources in the coming weeks and months, including a webinar on July 13. In the meantime, members with questions may reach out to


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