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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair on Trump Administration Decision to Reverse Guidance Promoting Diversity in Higher Education

Jul 4, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement in reaction to the Trump administration’s decision to rescind Obama-era guidance allowing for the use of race in admissions decisions by colleges and universities in order to promote diversity:

“Historically, students of color have faced barriers in accessing higher education and an equal opportunity education.  This administration’s reversal of guidelines, which promote diversity at colleges and universities will represent a serious setback for Hispanics and other minority students in their pursuit of advanced learning opportunities.

“Encouraging diversity and inclusion throughout our institutions of higher learning not only make for a better learning environment, but also provide enhanced socioeconomic mobility for students of color and grows our economy. Therefore, it is not surprising to see educators, professors, universities and civil rights groups denounce the administration's decision to ignore judicial precedent and rescind these critical guidelines.

“This is not only an attack on affirmative action policies, which aim to provide opportunities for all young people that make up our diverse nation, it is part of a continued series of attacks and hostility directed toward immigrants and communities of color. President Trump's  policies and decisions clearly demonstrate a desire to serve only some rather than all communities in this country. We will continue to fight for inclusion and  diversity, which serve as great strengths for our nation.”

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.