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SU President Carolyn Ringer Lepre

Statement from SU President Carolyn Ringer Lepre on the U.S. Supreme Court's Decision on Affirmative Action

As a member of the University System of Maryland (USM), Salisbury University endorses USM Chancellor Jay A. Perman’s position statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action in college admissions.

Diversity and inclusion are core values of SU. We believe these values must be lived and experienced as integral to everyday campus life so that students make the connection between what they learn and how they live. SU is committed to making our campus one where every single student feels a sense of belonging. We recognize that throughout history, far too many identities, voices, experiences and perspectives have been pushed to the margins. It is our goal to make sure that every student’s identity is seen, heard, honored, included and celebrated on our campus. A diverse and inclusive community brings irreplaceable value to our educational experience and work environment, and strengthens us all.

We recognize and celebrate the differences in background, abilities, experiences, characteristics, identity and thought that make each person unique and that enrich our campus, community and nation. At the same time, we acknowledge that which unites us: our basic humanity and the search for knowledge that is central to Salisbury University’s mission of educating the leaders of tomorrow.

As a public institution, SU embraces its responsibility to serve all residents of Maryland — and beyond. This includes not only making sure our programs remain accessible and affordable, but providing the support needed to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed on our campus, in our classrooms and on their chosen paths once they have earned their degrees.

While the Supreme Court’s decision may have far-reaching implications for higher education as a whole, we will not waver in our commitment to inclusion, diversity, opportunity and equity, and the cultivation of a sense of belonging at SU.