Ruling Could Impact Diversity on Campus

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The issue of affirmative action coming back before the U.S. Supreme Court seems like déjà vu for Julian R. Williams, Monmouth University’s director of affirmative action and human relations.

As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan in 2003, Williams was among those who rallied on campus for the policy to remain intact.

“It’s an issue that is very important to me,” Williams said. “We were a small but vocal faction of the student body who were protesting the rhetoric that minority students had stolen a spot from a more qualified person.

“And here it is happening again,” said Williams, a lawyer by trade. “It’s interesting for me because I’m at a different place in my life. I’ve had the chance to see both sides (as a student and as a faculty member).”

But this time around, Williams said he fears the court will take an about-face stance.

“What we have now is a change in the makeup of the Supreme Court,” Williams said. “With the makeup of the court the way it is, the decision may fall in favor of the plaintiff. I’d love to be wrong on that but I don’t think I will be.”

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