SEIU’s Response to Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action

Press Contact:
Terry Lee, 202-450-0532
June 29, 2023

Dear Local SEIU Communication Managers,

Today, the Supreme Court made a significant decision against affirmative action programs at the University of North Carolina and Harvard University in the case, Students for Fair Admissions v. UNC/Harvard. In response to this ruling, SEIU President, Mary Kay Henry, issued a statement and a tweet, asserting our unwavering commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusivity in higher education.

In her statement, President Henry emphatically states, “The Supreme Court’s decision today ignores the legacy of racism, segregation, and discrimination in the United States and in higher education specifically.” She further emphasizes that our strength lies in our diversity, and despite this ruling, we will not waver in our commitment to fight for racial and economic justice.

She encourages institutions not to retreat from their diversity commitments in light of this verdict. Instead, they should continue to uphold these commitments with renewed determination. Her full statement can be found here.

Additionally, she posted a tweet, which reads, “Today’s #SCOTUS decision may challenge college admissions, but won’t diminish our hope. Our vision for a vibrant and inclusive society remains strong. It’s time to stand by our diversity commitments more than ever. @SEIU will continue to fight for a fair society that serves all.” You can find and share the tweet here.

We kindly request that you share both the statement and the tweet within your respective local SEIU chapters. It’s important to reinforce our union’s steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusivity during these challenging times. By working together, we can continue to advocate for a fair and equal society.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or require further information.



Terry Lee
Deputy National Director of Communications
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Office: 202-730-7035
Cell: 202-450-0532