CAPAC Members Chu, Takano Denounce Trump Administration’s Decision to Rescind Obama-Era Guidance on Campus Diversity

Jul 3, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Trump administration announced it will rescind Obama-era policy guidance that encourages elementary and secondary schools and colleges to promote diversity on their campuses. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and CAPAC Education Taskforce Chair Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41) released the following statements:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

“The Trump administration’s announcement is a disgraceful setback to campus diversity. This decision dismantles non-binding, Obama administration guidance that took steps toward ending school segregation. CAPAC has long supported efforts to promote diversity in employment and education, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which upholds the use of race as one of many factors that colleges and universities may consider in their admissions process. At the same time, we have always made it clear that we do not support the use of unconstitutional, upper-limit quotas to cap educational opportunities for specific racial or ethnic populations in the admissions process.

“The Obama-era guidance rescinded today did not promote the use of racial quotas. Instead, it encouraged schools and colleges to consider race as one of several factors to promote campus diversity in a way that is consistent with current law. These policies enrich the quality of our education institutions. In fact, Asian American and Pacific Islander students – particularly within the Southeast Asian and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community – have directly benefited from these efforts.  

“The Trump Administration decision to rescind this important guidance doesn’t change the fact that policies that promote diverse learning environments are still constitutional. CAPAC will continue to oppose the divisive actions of this Administration and fight to promote transparency, diversity, and opportunity for all.”

Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), CAPAC Education Taskforce Chair:

“The decision announced by the White House to rescind crucial Obama era guidance on affirmative action is disgraceful. Not only is this part of a larger effort to undermine and undo affirmative action policies in admissions completely, it is also another attack by this Administration on diversity and equal opportunity at our nation’s colleges and universities. From eroding Title IX protections to gutting regulations to hold for-profit institutions accountable, the Trump Administration once again proves they are not on the side of students.”


The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.