Dear UWM Community,
I am writing with a message in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, which restricts higher education institutions across the country from considering a person’s race in college admissions. UWM does not anticipate this decision to significantly impact our admissions practices. Nonetheless, it is an important decision for colleges and universities, their students, faculty and staff, and prospective students and their families.
UWM is and always will be a welcoming place for all individuals from various backgrounds, experiences and beliefs, and remains committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. UWM is the most diverse university in the state, and we have a unique mission – one that charges UWM to “further academic and professional opportunities at all levels for women, minority, part-time, and financially or educationally disadvantaged students.”
We focus on meeting the needs of students where they are — with student support centers that offer programs, community and a strong voice for Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, women, and active-duty military and veteran students.
I, along with other UWM leaders, will continue discussions at UWM and with our colleagues at UW System about how this decision might otherwise affect our three campuses.
Mark A. Mone, PhD