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Healey-Driscoll Administration Releases Joint Statement in Response to Supreme Court Decision on Race-Based Admissions

Statement Signed by Over 130 Massachusetts Institutions of Higher Education, Advocacy Organizations, and Elected Officials

BOSTON – The Healey-Driscoll Administration, along with Massachusetts institutions of higher education leaders, civil rights advocates, other elected officials, and organizations dedicated to equity issued the following statement today regarding the United States Supreme Court’s decision in two higher education admissions cases Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard College, and Students for Fair Admissions Inc. v. University of North Carolina:

“Massachusetts will always be welcoming and inclusive of students of color and students historically underrepresented in higher education. Today’s Supreme Court decision overturns decades of settled law. In the Commonwealth, our values and our commitment to progress and continued representation in education remain unshakable.

We will continue to break down barriers to higher education so that all students see themselves represented in both our public and private campus communities. Massachusetts, the home of the first public school and first university, will lead the way in championing access, equity, and inclusion in education.

We want to make sure that students of color, LGBTQ+ students, first generation students, and all students historically underrepresented in higher education feel welcomed and valued at our colleges and universities. Today’s decision, while disappointing, will not change our commitment to these students. We have an imperative to make sure our schools reflect our communities. Our academic competitiveness, the future of our workforce, and our commitment to equity demand we take action.”

  • Governor Maura T. Healey
    Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll
    Secretary of Education Patrick Tutwiler
    Commissioner Noe Ortega, Department of Higher Education
    Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
    Commissioner Amy Kershaw, Department of Early Education and Care
    Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell
    Senate President Karen E. Spilka
    Speaker of the House Ronald J. Mariano
    Representative Bud L. Williams, Chair, Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus
    Senator Jo Comerford, Chair, Joint Committee on Higher Education
    Representative David M. Rogers, Chair, Joint Committee on Higher Education
    Senator Jason M. Lewis, Chair, Joint Committee on Education
    Representative Denise C. Garlick, Chair, Joint Committee on Education
    Clinton Dick, General Counsel, Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
    Marty Meehan, President, University of Massachusetts
    Michael A. Elliott, President, Amherst College
    Mary Lou Retelle, President, Anna Maria College
    Stephen Spinelli Jr., President, Babson College
    Sandra J. Doran, President, Bay Path University
    E. LaBrent Crite, President, Bentley University
    Robert A. Brown, President, Boston University
    Ronald D. Liebowitz, President, Brandeis University
    David Fithian, President, Clark University
    Vincent D. Rougeau, President, College of the Holy Cross
    Diane Tucker, President, Curry College
    Kenneth Elmore, President, Dean College
    Harry E. Dumay, President, Elms College
    Jay M. Bernhardt, President, Emerson College
    Mary K. Boyd, President, Emmanuel College
    Steven R. DiSalvo, President, Endicott College
    Edward Wingenbach, President, Hampshire College
    Lily Hsu, President, Labouré College of Healthcare
    Michael B. Alexander, President, Lasell University
    Janet Steinmayer, President, Lesley University
    Paula Milone-Nuzzo, President, MGH Institute of Health Professions
    Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Mount Holyoke College
    Howard Purcell, President, New England College of Optometry
    Andrea Kalyn, President, New England Conservatory of Music
    Joseph E. Aoun, President, Northeastern University
    Gilda A. Barabino, President, Olin College of Engineering
    Antoinette Hays, President, Regis College
    Lynn Wooten, President, Simmons University
    Kathleen McCartney, President, Smith College
    Mary-Beth Cooper, President, Springfield College
    Marisa J. Kelly, President, Suffolk University
    Anthony P. Monaco, President, Tufts University
    Clea Andreadis, President, Urban College of Boston
    Paula Johnson, President, Wellesley College
    Mark A. Thompson, President, Wentworth Institute of Technology
    Robert E. Johnson, President, Western New England University
    Michaele Whelan, President, Wheaton College
    Maud Mandel, President, Williams College
    Nicholas A. Covino, President, William James College
    Grace J. Wang, President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Ellen L. Kennedy, President, Berkshire Community College
    Laura L. Douglas, President, Bristol Community College
    Pam Eddinger, President, Bunker Hill Community College
    John L. Cox, President, Cape Cod Community College
    Michelle Schutt, President, Greenfield Community College
    Christina Royal, President, Holyoke Community College
    Ray DiPasquale, President, Massasoit Community College
    David Podell, President, MassBay Community College
    Philip J. Sisson, President, Middlesex Community College
    James Vander Hooven, President, Mount Wachusett Community College
    William Heineman, President, North Shore Community College
    Lane A. Glenn, President, Northern Essex Community College
    Luis Pedraja, President, Quinsigamond Community College
    Jackie Jenkins-Scott, President, Roxbury Community College
    John B. Cook, President, Springfield Technical Community College
    Michael A. Elliott, President, Amherst College
    Mary Lou Retelle, President, Anna Maria College
    Stephen Spinelli Jr., President, Babson College
    Sandra J. Doran, President, Bay Path University
    E. LaBrent Crite, President, Bentley University
    Aisha Francis, President and CEO, Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology
    Robert A. Brown, President, Boston University
    David Fithian, President, Clark University
    Vincent D. Rougeau, President, College of the Holy Cross
    Diane Tucker, President, Curry College
    Kenneth Elmore, President, Dean College
    Harry E. Dumay, President, Elms College
    Jay M. Bernhardt, President, Emerson College
    Mary K. Boyd, President, Emanuel College
    Steven R. DiSalvo, President, Endicott College
    Edward Wingenbach, President, Hampshire College
    Lily Hsu, President, Labouré College of Healthcare
    Michael B. Alexander, President, Lasell University
    Janet Steinmayer, President, Lesley University
    Paula Milone-Nuzzo, President, MGH Institute of Health Professions
    Beverly Daniel Tatum, President, Mount Holyoke College
    Howard Purcell, President, New England College of Optometry
    Andrea Kalyn, President, New England Conservatory of Music
    Joseph E. Aoun, President, Northeastern University
    Gilda A. Barabino, President, Olin College of Engineering
    Antoinette Hays, President, Regis College
    Lynn Wooten, President, Simmons University
    Kathleen McCartney, President, Smith College
    Mary-Beth Cooper, President, Springfield College
    Marisa J. Kelly, President, Suffolk University
    Anthony P. Monaco, President, Tufts University
    Clea Andreadis, President, Urban College of Boston
    Paula Johnson, President, Wellesley College
    Mark A. Thompson, President, Wentworth Institute of Technology
    Robert E. Johnson, President, Western New England University
    Michaele Whelan, President, Wheaton College
    Maud Mandel, President, Williams College
    Nicholas A. Covino, President, William James College
    Grace J. Wang, President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Robert J. McCarron, President & CEO, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts
    Tanisha M. Sullivan, President, NAACP Boston
    Traci Griffith, Racial Justice Program Director, ACLU of Massachusetts
    Suzanne Lee, Affiliated with Massachusetts Asian American Educators Association and Chinese Progressive Association
    Max Page and Deb McCarthy, President and Vice President, Massachusetts Teachers Association
    Beth Kontos, President, AFT Massachusetts
    Jessica Tang, President, Boston Teachers Union
    Steven Tolman, President, Massachusetts AFL–CIO
    Rahsaan D. Hall, President and CEO, Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
    Yvette M. Frisby, Interim President & CEO, Urban League of Springfield, Inc.
    Aaron Polansky, Superintendent-Director, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical
    Amanda Fernandez, CEO, Latinos for Education
    Mindy Wright, Founder and Executive Director, Upward Project
    Bahar Akman Imboden, Managing Director, Hildreth Institute
    Amanda Hillman Seider, Executive Director, OneGoal
    Genesis Carela, State Policy Associate for Massachusetts, The Education Trust
    Femi Stoltz, Massachusetts Policy Director, uAspire
    Ginette Saimprevil, Executive Director, Bottom Line
    Gregory Chery, Executive Director, Minds Matter
    Derrick Young Jr., Co-Founder and Executive Director, Leadership Brainery
    Tyra Anderson-Montina, Chief Program Officer, Thrive Scholars
    Angel Garcia, Student Representative, Northshore Community College
    Yanelis Ortiz Aquino, Student Representative, Salem State University
    Joseph Bonilla, Student Representative, Westfield State University
    Taylor Hope, Student Representative, MCLA

 

Ahead of the decision, the Healey-Driscoll Administration formed an Advisory Council to Advance Representation in Education to foster critical cross-sector communication to break down barriers to higher education in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision, while expanding college and career readiness tools to ensure current Massachusetts students of all backgrounds with the support they need to seek out the high-quality college and career opportunities they deserve.

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