June 29, 2023
Santa Clara University is deeply disappointed in today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, which effectively outlaws the consideration of race in university admissions nationwide. At the core of our values and beliefs is the promotion and respect of the dignity of every human person in their fullness as a creation of God. Our diversity, including race, is a part of our human identity. Today’s decision therefore places a substantial burden on our freedom to recognize aspiring and current students as “whole” human beings.
As a Jesuit, Catholic university, creating equitable, inclusive, and diverse communities that enrich our campus learning environment is foundational to our faith-based mission. Our holistic admissions approach aims to ensure that talented and promising students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences form our campus communities. Uniting students from all walks of life— with unique lived experiences that often intersect with race—is essential to fostering dialogue, discourse, and inquiry that deepen our understanding of the world and human identities. It is consistent with our Jesuit calling of cura personalis, which calls upon us to treat our aspiring and current students as “whole” human beings, whose identities include their diverse racial backgrounds.
True to our mission, we will continue to actively pursue all legally permissible avenues to build the diverse and accomplished student body our campus and our world needs. Among other actions, we will build upon our outreach and partnerships with community colleges and other pipelines that help us reach outstanding students to enrich our campus.
President, Santa Clara University
Uniting students from all walks of life, with unique lived experiences that often intersect with race, is essential to fostering dialogue, discourse and inquiry that deepen our understanding of the world and human identities.