How the SCOTUS decision on affirmative actions doesn’t affect the University of Arizona


Marison Bilagody

The northern exterior of the Student Union Memorial Center on the University of Arizona campus on April 7. The student union is home to many restaurants, shops and offices meant for students.

Kiara Adams

In a landmark decision by the Supreme Court of the United States Thursday, June 29, affirmative action in the country’s college admissions processes has effectively ended.

For some, this news begs the question, what exactly is affirmative action?

Affirmative action is described by Stanford University as, “positive steps taken to increase the representation of women and minorities in areas of employment, education, and culture from which they have been historically excluded.”

The goal of affirmative action was to ensure equal opportunity for those from marginalized or underrepresented groups. In the educational setting, it would mean race and other factors would be taken into consideration during the college admissions process.

This decision can impact college admissions at various institutions across the country in regards to their student population and their demographics.

But one college admission process it won’t affect is at the University of Arizona.

In 2010, Arizona voters passed Proposition 107 which amended the Arizona constitution to effectively ban affirmative action in public employment, education or contracting.

While the Supreme Court decision may come as a shock to some universities, with this practice having been in place for 13 years in the state of Arizona, the UA will continue with business as usual.

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