Implications of Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard and UNC: Post-Decision Panel (Link to Recording)
Below is a list of resources that can help you understand proposed and enacted legislation and many other resources that can help you as a higher-ed professional.
Guidance from Department of Education and Department of Civil Rights
On August 15, 2023, the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division jointly released two resources to help colleges and universities understand the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2023 decision in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina et al.
- Press Release, "Advance Diversity and Opportunity in Higher Education"
- Dear Colleague Letter outlining recruiting and retention strategies colleges and university can employ to "pursue campuses that are racially diverse and that include students with a range of viewpoints, talents, backgrounds, and experiences"
- Question and Answer resource with strategies institutions can continue to use to remove barriers and expand opportunities for all students
Activation around these issues may take varying forms - education, support, advocacy - as student affairs educators weigh their personal and professional safety and contexts.
Download and share the Freedom to Learn Network Elected Official Engagement Toolbox
Understand limits and possibilities for advocacy for non-profit organizations (IRS FAQs)
Work with your campus or system governmental relations office to host information sessions for staff and students, such as one of these workshops for non-profits and foundations from the coalition Bolder Advocacy
In highly-politicized campus environments, facilitating deliberative dialogues can create learning spaces for considering multiple perspectives. In partnership with the Kettering Foundation, NASPA has created a series of Issue Guides for Deliberative Dialogue addressing campus inclusion and equity, including the 2021 issue guide on the “Role of Institutions in Addressing Systemic Racism on Campus.”
- View Issue guide and Moderator's guide
- Consider guidance about using the 2021 issue guide from Nadine Petty, Chief Diversity Officer, University of New Hampshire, and Lorenzo M. Boyd, Ph.D., Stewart Professor of Community Policing, University of New Haven
Creating and accessing in-person and virtual communities of support is critical when much of the work of student affairs is facing existential attack. Workplace affinity groups, NASPA Knowledge Communities, confidential colleague circles, Employee Assistance Programs, and friends can help to counter isolation and increase access to resources.