Macaulay strongly supports today’s statement by Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling banning race-conscious admissions in higher education:
“Today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court will make it more difficult for historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups to access higher education and stands to hamper the progress the country has made toward building a more equitable and just society.
“CUNY has a 175-year history of educating New Yorkers, regardless of their family lineage or financial status. A varied and inclusive student body helps create an educational climate that is especially enriching; all students benefit and are better prepared to succeed in a global society when they interact with peers who have a wider range of perspectives and experiences. Reducing the diversity of our country’s great universities would have a detrimental impact on the open exchange of ideas that has helped American campuses become catalysts of creativity and powerful engines of progress.
“As misguided as we believe it to be, this ruling will not deter us in our work. In fact, it strengthens our commitment to preserve and expand access and opportunity to all New Yorkers, and to continue helping students from historically marginalized racial and ethnic groups attain upward mobility through the many advantages of a high-quality public education.”