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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