DePaul University Newsline > Sections > DeBuzz > DePaul supports affirmative action in Supreme Court amicus brief
By University Marketing and Communications /
August 9, 2022 /
Posted in: DEBUZZ /
“DePaul has an enduring commitment to educating diverse and underserved populations,” says President Robert L. Manuel. “Affirmative action is an important tool in fulfilling our mission and providing access to a high-quality education in a way that is equitable and just.”
Affirmative action in college admissions has a 40-year legal precedent, but it will be on the docket this fall as the court decides Students for Fair Admissions v. President & Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina. Authors cite the First Amendment and related precedents as evidence that affirmative action in college admissions aligns with both religious and academic freedom.
The brief argues that racial diversity in admissions is “inextricably intertwined” with the missions of Catholic institutions, which have shared values including a dedication to serving others and putting faith into action.
DePaul’s mission recognizes “the intrinsic connection between dignity and diversity as a natural and necessary context for human flourishing.” The brief cites how diversity deepens DePaul’s commitments to the community and prepares students for fulfilling careers.
“Diversity enriches DePaul and prepares students to live and work in a global community,” says Elizabeth Ortiz, vice president for institutional diversity and equity. “We are committed to being an inclusive community that draws on diversity as a source of strength.”
Read the brief online.