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Northern Essex Statement on Affirmative Action Ruling

Submitted by on June 29, 2023 – 4:49 pm

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that race-based criteria can no longer be used as part of the admissions process.

Community colleges like NECC pride themselves on being “open-door” institutions: we have always, and will always, admit and welcome everyone.

As the first-ever federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution in New England, with a population that is more than half students of color, Northern Essex remains committed to ensuring our door remains open not only to all races but to low-income students, first-generation college students, neurodivergent students, LGBTQ+ students, and other historically underrepresented students, so they can equitably access the high-quality higher educational opportunities they deserve and continue to see themselves as valued members of our college community.

The impacts of this decision may be significant and far-reaching. We are united with the Healey-Driscoll administration, public and private higher ed institutions, state agencies, and the Attorney General’s Office to guarantee to all Massachusetts students of color and historically underrepresented students that we are here for you, and we are committed to protecting and expanding your opportunities.