Ranking Members Scott, Nadler Respond to Trump Administration Rescinding Obama-Era Guidance Promoting Campus Diversity
WASHINGTON – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Congressman Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), ranking member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced it will rescind Obama-era guidance that provides recommendations to boost diversity on campuses.
“The Trump administration’s decision to rescind Obama-era guidance promoting campus diversity contradicts the Supreme Court’s ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas that schools have a compelling interest in pursuing a diverse student body. In addition, it disregards extensive research demonstrating the benefits of campus diversity for all students. Today, the Trump administration is once again eroding important civil rights protections without providing a legitimate rationale or legal justification.
“Diversity is a core American value. While the administration has the authority to change existing guidance, it does not have the power to amend existing law. Admissions policies that promote equal opportunity for students by using race as one of several factors remain lawful and valuable to students of all races. We strongly encourage educators to continue implementing diversity initiatives that expand access to a quality, well-rounded education.”
The Trump administration has repeatedly taken action to undermine students’ civil rights protections.