Statement in response to the US Supreme Court’s Decision in Students for Fair Admissions
Maine College of Art and Design is dedicated to educating, emboldening, and activating students and artists to think deeply, to reflect broadly, and to create visual art and design that has profound impact on our communities.
There is no doubt that the ongoing effort to build inclusive college communities in this country will be made more difficult as a result of the US Supreme Court ruling limiting considerations of race in higher education. But the ruling will not impact Maine College of Art and Design’s longstanding commitment to reducing barriers in our admissions process.
Decades of substantial higher education research has concluded that educating students from different backgrounds and experiences benefits all by improving analytical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication. We strongly believe that a diverse College community enables us to listen and to learn from each other—lifting and celebrating diverse voices through the lens of the artist and designer.
This is a time to pause, to reflect, and rededicate our commitment to a community that provides access to students from various backgrounds. I encourage our students, staff, faculty and supporters to take this time to reaffirm our commitment to cultivating and nurturing a College community that is committed to diversity, equity, and belonging.
Laura Freid, President
Ian Anderson, Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of the College
Paul Gebhardt, Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Melvin D. Adams III, Dean of Student Life
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August 23, 2023