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Dean's Statement on Proposal 2 Passage

11/9/2006 --

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—On November 7, voters in the state of Michigan passed Proposal 2, thus electing to "amend the State Constitution to ban affirmative action programs that give preferential treatment to groups or individuals based on their race, gender, color, ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education or contracting purposes."

I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm the Ross School's commitment to diversity. Before the passage of Proposal 2, we worked within existing law to promote and nurture diversity at our school. Now that the proposal has passed, we will work within the new laws. The law has changed, but our commitment has not.

The value of our commitment to diversity is evident in the success of our students and the recognition we receive from the marketplace. Repeatedly, major recruiters have told us that they are building organizations that can effectively serve diverse populations and that a key characteristic of those organizations is their own diversity. Recruiters prize their relationships with us because our students excel in working in diverse teams and because they find a diverse set of students at Ross. This year we were ranked the #1 MBA program in the country by recruiters and also the #1 school for recruiting minority talent.

We may modify some aspects of our admissions practices and student programming, but these will not change the basic nature of our community. Ross will remain a diverse and welcoming community. We anticipate that our student body next year will look very much like it has in the past. Certainly, diversity will remain a hallmark of our community going forward. We will also be re-committing our programming at the School to ensure that Ross remains a welcoming and respectful environment that recognizes the value of each and every individual.

The School and the University regard the diversity of our student body as an essential ingredient of our educational process and we will all work together to preserve our commitment to diversity as a fundamental value. President Mary Sue Coleman has stated publicly that she will not be deterred in the all-important work of creating a diverse campus. The Ross School shares her conviction, and we will work beside her to ensure that our long-standing leadership and tradition in fostering a diverse educational community continues.

Robert J. Dolan,
Dean



For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847
E-mail: bernied@umich.edu