Chamber of Progress, leading tech companies, and other major employers file amicus brief in race-conscious admissions case
On Monday, Chamber of Progress joined nearly 70 major U.S. corporations, including more than a dozen leading tech companies, in filing an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of race-conscious admissions programs being challenged at Harvard and the University of North Carolina. The brief argues that a diverse pipeline of graduates in STEM fields is essential to the success of science and tech companies.
“More classroom diversity means more workforce diversity, and more workforce diversity means a stronger economy,” said Chamber of Progress Adam Kovacevich. “When tech companies are more diverse, they serve their customers better and make better decisions – and colleges’ admission policies absolutely play a critical role in strengthening companies’ diversity.”
The brief cites strong evidence that university students who study and interact with diverse peers, and particularly with racially and ethnically diverse peers, exhibit enhanced cognitive development necessary for a wide range of skills highly valued in today’s economy. The brief also notes that businesses must interact with diverse clients and customers, making exposure to all dimensions of diversity – including race, ethnicity, religion, and politics – valuable to employers.
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