Assuring prospective students of Harvard University, incoming President Claudine Gay emphasized the institution’s unwavering commitment to the educational benefits derived from diversity, in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling that overturned Affirmative Action.
In a statement released on Thursday, Gay acknowledged the impact of the court’s decision in the case of Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College. While noting the change in how the pursuit of diversity in college and university admissions may be affected, she stressed that Harvard’s dedication to this work remains resolute.
Addressing the Harvard community through a YouTube video, Gay stated, “The Supreme Court’s decision will certainly have implications for our approach to diversity, but our values remain unchanged. We firmly believe that a thriving intellectual community, rich with diverse perspectives, is not only integral to academic excellence but also crucial for nurturing the leaders of tomorrow.”
Gay further emphasized that Harvard offers a platform for students to engage in robust dialogue, enabling their ideas to intersect with different viewpoints, experiences, and perspectives.
However, not everyone shares the same perspective. Harvard alumnus and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expressed a contrasting opinion, suggesting that elite institutions tend to foster uniformity of thought despite their claims of promoting diversity.
Harvard’s commitment to diversity is reflected in its class composition. According to the university’s website, the incoming class of 2026 comprises 15.2% African American, 27.9% Asian American, 12.6% Hispanic or Latino, 2.9% Native American, and 0.8% Native Hawaiian students.
Highlighting the competitive nature of admissions, it was revealed that over 61,000 students applied to Harvard in April of this year, with fewer than 2,000 applicants securing acceptance into the prestigious Ivy League institution.