June 29, 2023
In the wake of today’s Supreme Court ruling, Washington State University
reaffirms its longstanding commitment to ensuring higher education is
accessible and affordable for all Washingtonians. We remain dedicated to
holistically recruiting the best students, faculty, and staff to WSU.
Fulfilling these pledges will continue to guide us now and in the future.
Seeking and serving a diverse student body and building an inclusive
campus community improves the educational experience of all students,
better preparing them to thrive in a multicultural and global economy.
An educational system built on equity, inclusion, and belonging lies at
the heart of our mission.
WSU is convening a cross-functional team to assess all policies and
programs that could be impacted by today’s decision. While we will review
the court’s ruling and abide by its decision, it’s our duty — and our
pledge — to continue to address the systemic discrimination and biases
that hinder students of color. It’s a commitment the university already
works hard to uphold in a state where affirmative action programs have
been prohibited in public hiring, education, and contracting since 1998.
Educational opportunities and experiences that prepare students for
college success remain unequally distributed. We will continue to
eliminate equity gaps and build pathways that guide WSU students from
across our system to the industries powering the diverse economies of
our state and nation.
Kirk H. Schulz
Washington State University