June 23, 2016
We believe the Supreme Court has made a wise decision in upholding the legitimacy of making race one among many factors in college admissions decisions. Amherst admits students using the highest academic standards while also considering students’ potential contributions to the Amherst community and to the society as a whole. As the College has become more diverse, every marker of student excellence has continued to rise. The country needs to develop talent wherever it exists. It exists everywhere. We also need to learn how to build relationships and collaborate with people whose backgrounds, experiences, and points of view differ from our own. Educational institutions have a responsibility to promote those abilities, which have never been more important to our society, our democracy, and our role in the world.