In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision to end affirmative action, Wesleyan University has announced that it will end admission preference for "legacy applicants."
While Wesleyan still values the "ongoing relationships that come from multi-generational Wesleyan attendance," legacy status will no longer give applicants an extra "bump" in the admissions process.
Wesleyan says it has never just "checked a box" to delineate students by race or legacy status when making admissions decisions, but emphasized a holistic view of an "applicant’s lived experience" instead. Then it re-upped the university's commitment to diversity and inclusion, and promised to continue to work to ensure diversity in the student body and increase financial aid support.
Wesleyan said it would continue to employ an "equitable and forward-thinking admission process" to locate a diverse group of students from around the world.
It's worth noting that the university also maintains an Office for Equity & Inclusion to provide leadership and guidance to address "systemic inequities" for all members of the Wesleyan community. And like any responsible DEI office, a list of resources for anti-racists is available.