Published On: June 30, 2023

Poised with a video rebuke, Harvard University had braced itself for the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down its affirmative action policy, overturned decades of legal precedent and upended how race can be considered in college admissions.

Leaders at the prestigious university, which was one of the two schools at the center of the court’s decisions, reacted quickly to affirm Harvard’s commitment to diversity.

“For nearly nine years Harvard vigorously defended our admissions process and our belief that we all benefit from learning, living and working alongside people of different backgrounds and experiences,” said President-elect Claudine Gay in the video released to Twitter Thursday afternoon. “We will comply with the court’s decision, but it does not change our values.”

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