Responds to the Supreme Court Decision on Affirmative Action

“We at are extremely disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action that effectively ends race-conscious admissions practices in higher education,” said Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO of

“This is one more step in the wrong direction for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in our country, along with many others that have occurred in the past year and a half. It is time for policymakers to realize they’re not only negatively impacting the future of millions of Americans but also the future of America itself. Eroding 45 years of precedent, this shift in policy will, without a doubt, result in talent pipeline issues causing a less diverse workforce, and ultimately will affect families, companies, and our economy.”

Consider that only 33.8% of entry-level technologists were women as of 2022 — and of that group, just 3.9% were Black, 2.8% Latinx, 1.1% multiracial, and 0.1% Pacific Islander and Native American (each). We will not tolerate a decision that precipitates a decline in these numbers.

In response to the Supreme Court’s ruling, will not be deterred from fulfilling our mission to advocate for diversity, ensuring the opportunity for our community to realize their full potential. On the contrary: Our work to provide access and opportunity for Black, Latinx, Native American, and Pacific Islander women and non-binary people pursuing a future in tech is now all the more urgent. We are unwavering in our commitment to support students who are directly affected by this recent change and will use our platform and programs to provide an equitable way forward.

Ways to Continue Supporting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging will continue to uphold our values and help power initiatives that create meaningful access and opportunities:

  • The Advancing Inclusion program extends access to Grace Hopper Celebration – the world’s largest gathering of women and non-binary technologists – for Black, Latinx, Native American, and Pacific Islander technologists.
  • The Apprenticeship Pathway Program (APP) — in which participants earn while they learn and launch a full-time software development career upon completion — removes barriers to technical education while providing professional development, mentoring, and coaching.

We encourage women and non-binary technologists to participate in those programs, and take the following actions to stay engaged and informed:


Affirmative action programs opened doors previously closed by generations of active exclusion and entrenched discrimination. While the decision in Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina undermines this progress, we will do everything in our power to ensure that those doors remain open.

Read more posts from the thread Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset.

Other News You Might Like

Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset.
Read post Responds to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay, Don’t Say Trans” Bill
Read post President and CEO Brenda Darden Wilkerson Weighs in on STEM Legislation
Read post