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On Wednesday, July 26, the U.S. Department of Education will host the National Summit on Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, a one-day summit that will bring together senior Biden-Harris Administration officials and national educational institutions and leaders to discuss innovative strategies and resources for colleges and students to expand access to higher education in the wake of the recent Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action.
The recent Supreme Court decision on college affirmative action programs has limited a vital tool that many institutions of higher education and post-secondary institutions have used for decades to help create vibrant, diverse campus communities. As the country grapples with the recent decision, the Biden-Harris Administration remains committed to educational opportunity for all Americans and to promoting diversity in higher education consistent with the law, and the Administration has taken swift action to support our Nation’s colleges and universities so they can continue building pathways to upward mobility and preparing students from all backgrounds to thrive in our workforce.
The National Summit — which is a key next step in the Administration’s efforts to promote educational opportunity and diversity in colleges and universities — will focus on the strategies higher education leaders are pursuing for reimagining admissions, building affordable college pipelines, and creating inclusive campus communities that support student success and completion.
Participants will include U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, White House Domestic Policy Advisor and Assistant to the President Neera Tanden, White House Office of Public Engagement Director and Assistant to the President Steve Benjamin, U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary James Kvaal, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine Lhamon and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke, advocates, student leaders, college and university administrators, researchers, and state, local, and Tribal leaders.