Schools are allowed to use race as one of many factors in achieving diversity for educational reasons. When the U.S. Supreme Court hears Fisher vs. the University of Texas the justices may decide to set strict limits on how universities can consider race in creating an educational environment in which all students can learn – and learn from each other.
So says Michael Roth, president of Wesleyan University, in an essay published on the Huffington Post. He writes that higher education has sought to increase diversity because it results in a deeper educational experience that students can use to develop new modes of commonality in a heterogeneous world after graduation. Homogeneity kills creativity, according to David Kelley of the Stanford Design School.
It is important to admit students from all around the country, and all around the world, Roth says, because it fosters a dynamic community wherein the students expand social capabilities in addition to intellectual capabilities.
Roth concludes by urging the justices to continue to allow universities to consider race and ethnicity as one of many factors during the admission process while distinguishing it from partisan visions of social justice in the name of true education. It is a view that is shared with many that value a creative society.