Columbia Issues Statement on Affirmative Action Cases

Heads of Columbia's schools issue follow-up statements on the Supreme Court's ruling in the Harvard and University of North Carolina cases. 

July 05, 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."

School Deans From Columbia Weigh In on the Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action

Message from Carlos J. Alonso, dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

Message from Katrina Armstrong, dean, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons ; Lorraine Frazier, dean, School of Nursing; Linda P. Fried, dean, Mailman School of Public Health; Christian S. Stohler, dean, College of Dental Medicine

Message from Melissa Begg, dean, Columbia School of Social Work 

Message from Shih-Fu Chang, dean, Columbia School of Engineering

Message from Jelani Cobb, dean, Columbia Journalism School

Message from Troy J. Eggers, dean, School of Professional Studies

Message from Amy E. Hungerford, dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Message from Andrés Jaque, dean, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Message from Gillian Lester, dean, Columbia Law School

Message from Costis Maglaras, dean, Columbia Business School

Message from Lisa Rosen-Metsch, dean, Columbia University School of General Studies

Message from Jeffrey Shaman, Interim Dean, Columbia Climate School

Message from Josef Sorett, dean, Columbia College

Message from Keren Yarhi-Milo, dean, School of International and Public Affairs