ACS responds to recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action

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WASHINGTON, June 30, 2023 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) is deeply disappointed by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on June 29 to strike down race-based affirmative action as a criterion in college admissions. As a professional scientific society that has long championed an inclusive chemistry enterprise, this ruling is counter to the Society’s core value of diversity, equity, inclusion and respect (DEIR).

For decades, ACS has worked to implement the principles of DEIR within its membership, staff and leadership with the goal of building an inclusive and equitable community across the chemistry enterprise. The Society believes that only through an enduring commitment to diversity in all its forms will excellence, innovation and transformative action by current and future generations of chemistry professionals be enabled. Ensuring the vibrancy of the chemistry workforce will lead to superior solutions to world challenges and advance chemistry as a global, multidisciplinary science.

ACS will continue to prioritize the work of DEIR for everyone seeking to participate in scientific academia and the broader chemistry enterprise.

To learn more about ACS’ commitment to DEIR, visit to see the resources, programs and partnerships ACS supports to embrace and advance inclusion in chemistry. ACS’ strategic plan and core values can be found here:


The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. ACS’ mission is to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and all its people. The Society is a global leader in promoting excellence in science education and providing access to chemistry-related information and research through its multiple research solutions, peer-reviewed journals, scientific conferences, eBooks and weekly news periodical Chemical & Engineering News. ACS journals are among the most cited, most trusted and most read within the scientific literature; however, ACS itself does not conduct chemical research. As a leader in scientific information solutions, its CAS division partners with global innovators to accelerate breakthroughs by curating, connecting and analyzing the world’s scientific knowledge. ACS’ main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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