Affirmative Action
Affirmative Action

Promoting the use of research to improve education and serve the public good is central to AERA’s mission. To this end, AERA's efforts include providing scientific evidence on the benefits of diversity and affirmative action in legal briefs submitted to the Supreme Court; holding Capitol Hill briefings on research issues of importance to the public and policymakers; and issuing research-based positions on educational issues of public concern.

AERA Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Race in College Admissions
AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine and AERA President Tyrone C. Howard released a statement following the Supreme Court's decision on June 29, 2023, to overturn affirmative action, making it harder for higher education to achieve student equity and inclusivity.


Multi-society Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. (SFAI) v. President and Fellows of Harvard and SFAI v. University of North Carolina
AERA joined 46 organizations in a multi-society statement reaffirming the commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. 

Affirmative Action Legal Briefs
On August 1, 2022, AERA et al., submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of narrowly tailored race-conscious admissions practices in the cases of Students for Fair Admissions, Inc., v. President & Fellows of Harvard College, and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc., v. University of North Carolina, et al.  Read the press release | View our resource page

View previous AERA legal briefs in affirmative action cases

AERA-Published Research on Affirmative Action

Public Briefings