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Statement by Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. on the Supreme Court of the United States' decision on Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin (No. 11-345)

Washington, DC (June 27, 2013) – The Supreme Court decision this week affirmed that racial and ethnic diversity remains an important element which enriches the education of all.

The issues of race and inequality are real in America -- and we cannot deny the importance of having racial and ethnic diversity in education. This ruling encourages creative means to ensure that all students have a strong educational foundation. Those in our education system must reflect the growing racial and ethnic diversity of America's population.

A healthy, well educated workforce is critical to our nation’s strength and success. Today, regardless of how higher-learning institutions select their students, it is clear we have a shortage of racial and ethnic minorities both in health professions’ education programs – and in clinical settings. It is important that we strive to create a health system more responsive to the needs and cultures of our nation’s diverse communities.

It is more important than ever that we work together to give all of our young people the opportunity to become a doctor, a nurse, a dentist, or another health professional so they can provide needed health services to their fellow citizens.

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About The Sullivan Alliance:
The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions is a national non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the numbers of health professionals from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds available to the nation's health workforce. The Alliance is especially committed to increasing the availability of health care professionals in minority communities and in rural and inner city Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).