May 03, 2023

Susquehanna University President Jonathan Green Susquehanna University President Jonathan GreenAn open letter from presidents of institutions that belong to the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, including Susquehanna University President Jonathan Green, was published in Inside Higher Ed.

The letter, “Liberal Arts Colleges to Keep Prioritizing Diversity,” opposes two cases currently before the U.S. Supreme Court that have the potential to restrict long-standing recruitment and admissions practices at colleges and universities.

“Holistic review of applicants is critical to recruiting a well-rounded class, and that includes consideration of the richness of students’ many attributes and interests — including their lived experiences and backgrounds,” the letter reads. “This well-rounded student body helps to create a community of scholars that enhances the learning environment for everyone.”

The Liberal Arts College Racial Equity Leadership Alliance seeks to help professionals at colleges develop and achieve equity goals, correct problems, avoid and recover from racial incidents and foster sustainable cultures of inclusion. The program addresses various topics and strategies designed to increase knowledge on issues around diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education. It seeks to provide an opportunity for institutional leaders to convene and share ideas, knowledge and resources that will bring positive and lasting change to the students, faculty, staff and the greater communities they serve.

Inside Higher Ed is a trade publication covering the latest news and analysis for the higher education community.

Read the full letter here.