Reform Movement Opposes Blanket Ban on Affirmative Action in Higher Education

Reference: Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

WASHINGTON, May 5– Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism today wrote to the leadership of the United States House of Representatives confirming the Reform Jewish Movement’s commitment to “affirmative action policies which have proven to be significant and successful vehicles for achieving equal opportunity for women and people of color.” The letter strongly urged the House to reject the Riggs amendment to the Higher Education Authorization Act. Which would prohibit colleges and universities from using affirmative action in college admissions if they receive federal funds, including Pell Grants.

The full text of the letter follows:

Dear Representative:

On behalf of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, representing 1.5 million Reform Jews, 1800 Reform Rabbis, and 875 Reform congregations nationwide, I urge you to oppose efforts to eliminate all affirmative action programs in higher education when the Higher Education Authorization Act is considered this week.

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