Advancing Equity in Graduate Education

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2023 ruling on race and admissions, there is potential for confusion about legally viable options for pursuing diversity, equity and inclusion. In May 2023, with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, CGS launched a project to advance equity in graduate education in a changing legal landscape. Our goals are to better understand how universities are impacted by the Supreme Court decisions and to promote common understandings of legally sound and equitable practice among graduate deans, faculty and university legal counsel. Working with our legal partner, EducationCounsel, project consultants and advisory committee, this project will result in three resources:

  1. A framework for understanding the legal implications of the decision: Navigating the Post-SFFA Landscape: Advancing Equity-Minded, Law-Attentive Priority Actions in Graduate, Undergraduate and Professional Higher Education.
  2. Advancing Equity in Graduate Education: A Guide for Programs (Forthcoming)
  3. Advancing Equity in Graduate Education: A Guide for Campuses (Forthcoming)

Navigating the Post-SFFA Landscape

This resource was developed to help higher education leaders, policymakers, and their legal counsel understand and navigate the 2023 Supreme Court decision on race and admissions (“SFFA decision.”) Developed by EducationCounsel, CGS’s legal thought partner for the Supporting Equity-Minded Graduate Education in a Changing Legal Landscape initiative, the resource reflects contributions from a wide range of higher education leaders and legal experts. This tool is designed to (1) help expand perspectives on viable diversity, equity, and inclusion [DEI]-advancing avenues, consistent with relevant federal non-discrimination law, and (2) evaluate legal risks of various DEI policies and programs in light of mission-focused aims and impacts.

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Read CGS's Statement

On June 29, CGS released a statement on the Supreme Court's decision in the UNC and Harvard cases.

CGS Summer Workshop Session: Understanding the 2023 SCOTUS Decisions

A workshop for graduate deans and staff was held at the CGS Summer Workshop in Denver, Colorado on July 11, 2023. Resources from the workshop are now available! Click the link to enjoy a full page dedicated to our Workshop.

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Member-Exclusive Webinar: SCOTUS and the Future of Graduate Admissions

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