Cara McClellan Considers the Impact of Potential Policy Changes to Affirmative Action

Cara McClellan (’17), Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, was quoted in an NBC News piece regarding the potential impact on racial diversity at private and public universities as the Supreme Court agrees to hear two cases challenging race-conscious admissions at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina (“Ending College Affirmative Action Could Have Ripple Effect for Black, Latino Students,” Jan. 26). “Any ruling that calls into question the legality of race-conscious admissions would be a huge reversal of more than 40 years of Supreme Court precedent. It would be quite a radical act for that to be the outcome. . . . The end of holistic admissions would lead to a severe reduction in the number of Black and Latino students at Harvard and, if the ruling is broader, at other universities. Race-conscious admissions has been key to providing diversity on campus.”