The National Diversity Council (NDC) issues the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn affirmative action:

As an organization committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), the National Diversity Council (NDC) urges our nation to address and respond to the structural barriers that have systematically impacted Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) communities, limiting their access to higher education and future opportunities for full participation in the workforce. Race-conscious admissions and DEI in higher education decrease structural racial inequities while enhancing representation, knowledge-sharing and diversity of thought across different backgrounds and lived experiences. These actions also promote greater levels of cultural awareness.

“The recent regressive Supreme Court decision is a blow to our societal aspirations for justice and will strengthen anti-DEI efforts across the board. Its most immediate impact will likely be to buttress anti-DEI efforts in higher education,” said Anika Rahman, CEO of the National Diversity Council. “Another profoundly disturbing effect of this devastating ruling will be to limit the pool of highly credentialed BIPOC candidates,” she added.

The NDC will continue to champion DEI, including racial and ethnic diversity, as an essential pillar of a just society. We will strengthen our partnerships with companies, organizations and agencies committed to developing the strategies, skills and programs that will ensure that a diverse and talented workforce is able to thrive. The NDC is committed to ensuring that pathways to opportunity and leadership are open to all.