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Sipe and Smith Present “Business, Affirmative Action, and DEI Initiatives After the 2023 Supreme Court Affirmative Action Case”

Stephanie Sipe (left) and Rachel Smith (right)
Dominique Quarles, Ph.D., Georgia Southern vice president of inclusive excellence (left), and Maura Copeland, JD, Georgia Southern executive legal counsel (right), answering audience questions

On June 29, 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court severely limited the use of Affirmative Action Programs in College Admissions. What does this decision mean for DEI business strategies that have recently become deeply embedded in American corporate culture? On November 14, in an event open to faculty, staff, and students, PDEIBC members Stephanie R. Sipe, JD, professor of legal studies, and Rachel W. Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of management, presented the position of Major American Business Enterprises (MABE) in support of Affirmative Action in Education, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives in business, based on the Amici Curiae Brief filed by some 70 major U.S. corporations in the Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President & Fellows of Harvard University. Sipe and Smith explained that, in this brief, MABE argued that their organizations are strengthened when their team members and leaders have rich individualized experience with people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds and that university education remains an essential environment for fulfilling that need. Following the lecture, a lively question-and-answer session provided additional insights.


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