President Bollinger on Diversity in Education

As president of the University of Michigan, Bollinger led the school’s landmark civil rights litigation in Grutter v. Bollinger, a Supreme Court decision that for the first time upheld the constitutional right of colleges and universities to engage in affirmative action to advance diversity 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. His book with Professor Geoffrey Stone, A Legacy of Discrimination: The Essential Constitutionality of Affirmative Action, was published in early 2023.

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

“You cannot assume that the world will get better and better. It requires constant effort to make the case.”

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