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Listening Session on 
Program Implications of the 14th Amendment Equal Protection Clause
October 27, 2023 @ 3:00 PM Eastern
Note: This listening session was not recorded.

Please see below for RESOURCES. ESA welcomes additional resources from the community. If you have any to share, please email Teresa Mourad, Director of Education and Diversity Programs, gro.asenull@aseret 

The recent Supreme Court ruling on the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection clause in “Students For Fair Admissions, Inc. V. Harvard College And University Of North Carolina” has created ripples of confusion, uncertainty, and concern across public and private institutions that receive federal assistance. ESA has made public declarations on diversity, equity, inclusion and justice and voiced its support for programs that remove barriers to the participation of historically excluded groups in science.

  • What are the implications of this ruling for your programs?
  • How has it been interpreted at your institution?
  • What has to change, what can stay the same?

Join this Listening Session to share your reflections on practices that will advance the success of our diverse student body in the light of the Supreme Court’s ruling.



The Supreme court decision

June 29, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its ruling in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina et al. 

ESA’s position statement

From U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division 

The Departments’ Questions & Answers resource distills the Court’s core holding and offers examples of steps colleges and universities can lawfully take to achieve a student body that is diverse across a range of factors, including race and ethnicity, such as: targeted outreach, recruitment, and pathway programs; evaluation of admission policies; and retention strategies and programs.


CIVIL RIGHTS RESOURCES: This week, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released resources to help higher education leaders gain clarity on what lawful tools remain available to them to promote diversity in higher education on their campuses in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court affirmative action decision. These materials are part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to preserve the hard-earned progress we have made to advance racial equity, civil rights and educational opportunity for all students.

Read and share these resources.

U.S. Department Office of Civil Rights web page with multilingual resources for protecting students, information on how to file complaints if you see or experience discrimination and policy guidance to support your equity work



Contact UC Davis ude.sivadcunull@mohlc for information

Examples of programs that have used holistic application criteria and review

Examples of Intentional programs with race considerations