AACN Statement on the Supreme Court Decision Against Race-Conscious Admissions

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that race-conscious admissions practices used at Harvard and the University of North Carolina were unconstitutional, violating the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. The 6-3 decision has reversed decades of progress to ensure equal access to education for all. Removal of racial considerations oppresses people of color and puts the onus on colleges to develop race-neutral programs that advance diversity.

"The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) joins with the larger higher education community in denouncing this decision, which threatens the creation of more diverse and inclusive learning environments,” said Dr. Deborah Trautman, AACN President and Chief Executive Officer. “AACN reaffirms our commitment to serving as a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, while recognizing the importance of a diverse nursing workforce to reducing health disparities, addressing social determinants of health, and improving patient outcomes. We stand with our schools of nursing and will work diligently to identify strategies, to ensure our student populations reflect the broad diversity of our society."

AACN is planning a webinar on how to structure a holistic admissions process and other student recruitment strategies that will not violate the new restrictions. We will not let today’s Supreme Court decision stop us from creating a more diverse nursing workforce, which is essential to meeting our nation’s healthcare needs.
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