Statement on Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Affirmative Action in college admissions is a 58-year step backwards in the fight for racial and educational equity in the United States. Until the albatross of systemic and structural racism is no more, our country will always need tools, such as affirmative action, to promote diversity, inclusion and belonging.

Eliminating race from consideration furthers racial inequity in higher education and economic immobility for students of color. The Supreme Court’s ruling against affirmative action not only sets back decades of progress, it also detrimentally impacts students of all races for generations to come.

Although the affirmative action process is not an all-across solution, it is a tool in increasing diversity and opportunities in a system that has historically excluded students of color. As Justice Sotomayor wrote in her dissent,

“ignoring race will not equalize a society that is racially unequal.”

Family Focus believes there are many benefits to being proactive on matters of equity, inclusion and belonging in college admissions. Affirmative action in higher education helps students of all ethic and economic backgrounds strengthen their families, communities, and, ultimately, our country.

Race-conscious admissions policies, as part of a holistic assessment for university admissions, promote diversity in ways that mere family background, socioeconomic status or standardized tests cannot. Prioritizing diversity in college admissions benefits all students and all families in our multiracial, multiethnic country. As Justice Brown Jackson wrote in her dissent:

“deeming race irrelevant in law does not make it so in life.”

The mission of Family Focus is to invest in strengthening families and their children in Northeast Illinois, helping them build social capital and achieve upward economic mobility through high-quality, innovative programs and services grounded in anti-racism and social justice.