President Bollinger on Diversity in Education

A group of black and white school children from an integrated school in Washington, D.C. in 1955.

  

As president of the University of Michigan, Bollinger led the school’s historic litigation in Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger, Supreme Court decisions that upheld and clarified the importance of diversity as a compelling justification for affirmative action in higher education. He speaks and writes frequently about the value of racial, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity to American society through opinion columns, media interviews, and public appearances around the country.

President Bollinger reflects on the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.

"We urgently need a more serious, realistic, and open discussion about race in the United States today. Along with it, we need a new movement like the one that led to Brown—before it is too late, and the issue vanishes beneath another cycle of inattention."

Lee C. Bollinger, "Sixty Years Later, We Need a New Brown," The New Yorker, 2016