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Supreme Court Dismantles Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Supreme Court Dismantles Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Submitted by Kristen Lampkin, HR Indiana SHRM Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Director


There has been a lot of conversation with the U.S. Supreme Court dismantling Affirmative Action in College Admissions. Concerns have been raised about how this could impact corporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) programs.

History shows those fears may be warranted: Racial diversity in the workplace significantly declined in several states in the years after they outlawed affirmative action in college admissions, according to a 2013 study by Harvard University.

Despite the differing opinions on affirmative action, Strauss implored organizations to continue committing to DE&I. He offered six ways for HR professionals to increase diversity or maintain diversity initiatives:

  • Collaborate with community partners, job training programs, and associations.
  • Consider recruiting from historically Black colleges and universities.
  • Optimize collaboration with existing community partners to receive more referrals from each organization.
  • Create or expand a referral program for employees and tap into existing employee resource groups.
  • Eliminate college degree requirements and focus on skills- and behavior-based hiring.
  • Partner with DE&I community engagement technologies that can help you do all the above.

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