Statement on SCOTUS Decision Restricting Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Published 29 June 2023

Today’s Supreme Court decision in the case of Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, which eliminates affirmative action programs on college campuses is truly disappointing. This ruling strikes at the heart of our ongoing efforts to bring racial equity to our nation's institutions of higher education and in the workplace. 

The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) firmly believes that affirmative action programs play a crucial role in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in colleges and universities. These programs have long been recognized as vital tools for addressing the historical disadvantages faced by underrepresented communities. By providing opportunities for individuals who have faced systemic barriers, affirmative action seeks to level the playing field and create a more equitable education system.

Furthermore, we are concerned about the potential ripple effects that this decision could have on workplaces across the country. Affirmative action programs not only contribute to a diverse student body, but they also help to cultivate a future workforce that reflects the multiculturalism of our society. By eliminating these programs, the Supreme Court's decision threatens to undermine diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the workplace—hindering progress towards creating environments that embrace and celebrate differences. 

Additionally, we must recognize that eliminating affirmative action programs may have adverse implications for tackling the racial wealth gap. By limiting opportunities for marginalized communities in higher education, we risk perpetuating existing inequalities and hindering the upward mobility of underrepresented groups. Affirmative action has played a vital role in breaking down barriers and providing pathways to success, which in turn aids in the ongoing fight against the racial wealth gap.

While we acknowledge the complexity of the issues surrounding affirmative action, we firmly believe that diversity and equality are values worth upholding. We encourage our members and industry partners to continue promoting an inclusive and equitable society within the hospitality industry and beyond, even in the face of this ruling. We must remain steadfast in our commitment to creating environments that embrace and value individuals from all backgrounds.

NSMH will continue to advocate for the importance of affirmative action programs and support initiatives that foster diversity and inclusivity. We urge policymakers, educational institutions, and employers to reconsider the significance of these programs and explore alternative avenues for promoting equal access to opportunities.

Together, let us strive for a future that upholds the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. By amplifying underrepresented voices and challenging systemic barriers, we can work towards a more just and equitable society. NSMH will continue to be diligent in its efforts to uplift minorities pursuing higher education and careers in the hospitality industry.