FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday June 23, 2003
University of California President Richard C. Atkinson issued the following statement today (June 23) regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on affirmative action.
Richard C. Atkinson
As a supporter of affirmative action, I am gratified by the Supreme Court’s decision today in the University of Michigan law school admissions case. The court’s action to uphold the principles of affirmative action sends an important message that diversity can be one of many compelling considerations in admitting students to our nation’s most selective universities.
As president of the University of California, I also respect the decision of the California voters, who in 1996 eliminated consideration of race and ethnicity in state university admissions. The University of California will continue to comply with Proposition 209, and we will continue to work through other, legal means to achieve excellence and diversity on our campuses.
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