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    Molly Callahan began her career at a small, family-owned newspaper where the newsroom housed computers that used floppy disks. Since then, her work has been picked up by the Associated Press and recognized by the Connecticut chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2016, she moved into a communications role at Northeastern University as part of its News@Northeastern reporting team. When she's not writing, Molly can be found rock climbing, biking around the city, or hanging out with her fiancée, Morgan, and their cat, Junie B. Jones. Profile

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There are 6 comments on Supreme Court Guts Affirmative Action in College Admissions, Provides Scant Guidance for Universities

  1. I appreciate and respect Prof. Feingold’s measured assessment of these decisions. As an administrator, I will be researching the footnote that separates military academies from the outcome of these decisions; to better understand how their mission allows for the use of race in their admissions processes under the Supreme Court’s more stringent application of strict scrutiny. I will also be researching ways in which institutions can articulate, measure and assess defined goals for admissions and related programs, in which the recognition of the disparate treatment of people from different races can be effectively addressed so as to correct for past systemic racism.

    This decision makes the road ahead harder. But that will not stop our continued ascent.

  2. how to react to this???


  3. As a Mexican I am glad they did away with race-based admissions. I always felt “less than” because I “needed” help getting into college unlike my white classmates, whether or not true.

    To this day, I don’t know if I was accepted to the BU Questrom School of Business Masters program because of my achievements or because of my race. Regardless, graduating with an MBA with High Honors shows that I didn’t need any help getting into graduate school.

    It seems only white liberals full of “white liberal guilt” are upset about this decision.

    1. With this decision, it matters that we should not forget how different and difficult life can be for people who are not white men of privileged background—and overcome assumptions that certain people have certain roles, often quite limiting, that we expect for them to occupy in our society. Since the original affirmative action decision, we have had about 40 years of admissions practices that have created much success for many others—and everyone should keep helping them, and those like them, so that we can rid our country of attitudes that limit each other when pursuing the legitimate ways of realizing their dreams.

    2. Jorge, I agree with you. As a fellow Mexican, I have sometimes wondered if my admission to BU was based on merit or race/ethnicity. I am glad reading about the Supreme Court’s decision.

      I also wonder if the proponents of diversity would be happy to diversify institutions such as historically black colleges and universities, as those seem awfully non-diverse.

      In response to Ann, it would seem to matter too that we overcome assumptions that certain people have certain privileges, often vaguely defined, that proponents of DEI expect are the sole reason for those people’s successes in life.

  4. On the Moises comments, that’s the racism talking. I’ve heard the opposite. “I’m only in this position because I’m White. They are more qualified minorities.” I just want to say that I’m Latino and that’s why I’m here is the wrong way to think about it.

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