President Robert A. Easter on Fisher Supreme Court decision

On June 24, 2013, the US Supreme Court issued a 7-1 ruling in Fisher v University of Texas at Austin.


The University of Illinois works to create a diverse learning environment that prepares our students to become leaders of their generation. Each of its campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield, and its health care system, has a strong commitment to diversity, which they have individually defined broadly to include worldviews, histories, and cultural knowledge across a range of social groups including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, abilities, economic class, religion, and their intersections.

As part of a new Inclusive Illinois EDGE initiative at the Urbana-Champaign campus, for example, an action plan to institutionalize a culture of diversity and excellence is underway. At UIC, one of the nation’s most diverse campuses with no racial majority in its student body, its ongoing Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning process examines how the campus is defined by and benefits from its diversity. At UIS, the Black Male Initiative provides educational programs, developmental mentoring, and co-curricular activities to support male students of color in achieving success.

The Supreme Court returned the Fisher case to a lower court for further review, and the University of Illinois will continue advancing its commitment to diversity within the bounds of the law as it awaits the lower court review and a subsequent ruling.


The University of Illinois is a world leader in research and discovery, the largest educational institution in the state with more than 77,000 students, 24,000 faculty and staff, and campuses in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. The U of I awards more than 20,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees annually.