Press Release

Now Is Not the Time to Slow Down on Diversity Initiatives

Publication date: Aug 2, 2017

Statement from John B. King Jr., Ed Trust’s President and CEO and Former U.S. Secretary of Education, on affirmative action

WASHINGTON (08/02/17) – Statement from John B. King Jr., Ed Trust’s President and CEO and Former U.S. Secretary of Education, on affirmative action:

“Diversity benefits communities, schools, and students from all backgrounds, especially those historically underserved. This is a principle affirmed by the Supreme Court and well understood in the higher education sector and business world.

“I am deeply disheartened that the Trump administration appears to be taking a hard line against efforts to increase campus diversity rather than focusing on addressing the persistent opportunity gaps facing students of color and low-income students.

“At The Education Trust, we’re working every day to bring issues of inequity and injustice that confront vulnerable student populations to the forefront. Now is not the time to slow down on diversity initiatives or deter university leaders from doing the right thing for their communities, campuses, and for our nation’s future prosperity.”

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