AAUW Statement on Trump Administration Rescinding Diversity and Affirmative Action Guidance

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July 03, 2018


WASHINGTON — AAUW Chief Executive Officer Kim Churches released the following statement after the Trump administration announced it would rescind Obama-era guidance concerning affirmative action and diversity in schools.

“Diversity and equal opportunity should be top priorities for U.S. education.  Today’s decision by the Trump Administration to rescind the affirmative action and diversity in schools guidance is a major step backward in efforts to advance equity in education.  Affirmative action has been a critical tool for promoting opportunities for all students and diverse learning environments, where all students thrive from learning with and from individuals of different backgrounds and perspectives and can better contribute to a more tolerant, global economy.

The roll back of this guidance does not change the current laws or take away any rights — the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized the value of diversity in upholding the use of race-conscious admissions – and we encourage educational institutions to continue to follow practices that support affirmative action programs and increased diversity.  While there have been many advancements for women, including women of color, in education and in the workforce, equal opportunity remains elusive in part because discrimination still exists.  AAUW will continue to fight for educational equity and economic security for all women and girls.”

For media inquiries, contact Amy Becker at beckera@aauw.org or 202.785.7756.

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