Columbia University Statement on Affirmative Action Cases

July 06, 2023

Dear GS Community,

I am sharing with you below the University’s statement regarding today’s Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action.

At this time, it is critical to recognize and to be very proud that diversity has been core to our mission at Columbia GS since our School’s inception. I look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks and months as the University administration gains a better understanding of the implications of this ruling and what it means for our students, staff, and community.

Best regards,

Lisa Rosen-Metsch
Dean, Columbia University School of General Studies
Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

June 29, 2023

"The Columbia University community represents a wide array of experiences and backgrounds. This diversity is central to our identity -- it reflects the cultural richness of New York City as well as our mission to foster meaningful interactions and prepare students to make a difference in the world.

We are reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision and will refrain from commenting further until we fully understand its implications. As we prepare to comply with the law, our commitment to our values is unwavering. Diversity is a positive force across every dimension of Columbia, and we can and must find a durable and meaningful path to preserve it."

–Columbia University Spokesperson Ben Chang