Issued June 29, 2023
WASHINGTON – Service Employees International Union President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Affirmative Action case, Students for Fair Admissions v. UNC/Harvard
“The Supreme Court's decision today to rule against affirmative action programs at two universities ignores the legacy of racism, segregation and discrimination in the United States and in higher education specifically.
Our country's future rests on the pillars of racial equity and diversity in higher education. These elements are vital to nurture a vibrant and inclusive society. Despite today's ruling, we must work together to turn this vision into reality. As Justice Sonya Sotomayor pointed out, "Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society."
Institutions should not hide behind this verdict to step back from their commitments to diversity and inclusion. Instead, they should continue to uphold these commitments with renewed vigor.
SEIU's nearly 2 million members, including approximately 100,000 involved in higher education, embodies individuals of all races. We value our diversity as it strengthens us and prepares us better for the future Today, we renew our pledge to fight for racial and economic justice in every part of society. We continue to strive for an economy and a democracy that truly works for all.”