Dear Members of the Temple Community,
The pendency of the recent Supreme Court decision in two cases regarding affirmative action caused institutions of higher education across the country to examine their practices and reflect on their values. Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard College is now the law of the land, regardless of your perspective. We and other institutions of higher education must now determine how to abide by the decision while promoting the values we cherish and ensuring the best experiences for our students. “How” we do this will evolve; “why” remains abundantly clear.
Temple University stands on a foundation of access. Our founder Russell Conwell believed every student should have the opportunity for a high-quality education regardless of their background. Diversity and inclusivity are core values that support our mission of access and excellence. We recognize that cultural awareness of our globalized world and a diversity of perspectives enrich a Temple education.
As we focus on providing an outstanding educational experience that prepares our students to make an impact, we remain steadfastly committed to our mission of access and to our core values of diversity and inclusivity. We will pursue that enduring commitment within the bounds of, and with respect for, the rule of law.
JoAnne A. Epps