The Virginia Chapter of ACPA firmly disagrees with the recent Supreme Court of the United State’s 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.
In alignment with ACPA’s statement on the affirmative action decision and the association’s commitment to racial justice, VACPA will continue to find ways to share resources and spaces that push our campuses to be more diverse and inclusive. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) released a podcast episode in preparation for this decision. You can access the episode here. Additionally, Dr. Shaun Harper is hosting a “national forum on legally allowable ways to sustain racial equity initiatives on college campuses in this post-affirmative action era” today (6/30/2023) at 3pm EST.
With our Commonwealth’s community in mind, on July 6, 2023 at 10:00am EST we will be holding virtual space for anyone that feels they want or need community during this time. We encourage folx to attend to process the recent decision(s), share resources on how your team/department/institution will be moving forward, or simply be in community. There will be no specific agenda and the space will be open as long as folx need it. You access the zoom room by clicking here or copy and pasting this link into your browser: https://vcu.zoom.us/j/83097388343. Please share this link with any of your colleagues as well.
This decision represents yet another attack in a string of assaults – namely in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, and Biden v. Nebraska cases – on the progress for justice and equity that many of us fight for. These decisions are not random and continue to sustain the harm being done to communities that do not conform to the hegemonic systems our society was built upon. The impacts for all of these cases will reach far and beyond our campuses for years to come – we encourage everyone to take time and space in ways that provide you safety and healing.