How a pending Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action could affect the scientific workforce

Friday, June 9, 2023 - 16:28 in Mathematics & Economics

U.S. higher education officials, including those trying to diversify the scientific workforce, have spent the past year pondering how to respond if the U.S. Supreme Court bans the use of race as a factor in undergraduate admissions. Such a ruling, in related cases involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina (UNC) , could come as early as this week. And although the court is expected to overturn a status quo that has existed for 45 years, several diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) scholars say the impact of its decision will depend on how radically the justices redefine what institutions can and cannot do to improve...

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