Statement by Union Theological Society on Banning the Black Box Seeking Criminal Histories on Applications for Admissions

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Statement by Union Theological Society on Banning the Black Box Seeking Criminal Histories on Applications for Admissions

Union Theological Seminary, an accredited graduate school of theology, has banned the box seeking criminal histories on its applications for admissions.

In accepting the White House's Fair Chance in Higher Education Pledge, we are calling on all sister theological institutions across the nation to do the same.

Not only is this decision morally right and deeply faithful to our many traditions, it is sound public policy.

In addition, Union Seminary President, the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, who is serving as President of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), will call on all members of the AAR to support this pledge in their own institutions.

Also, importantly, Union Theological Seminary commits itself and calls upon its sister theological institutions to create highways of opportunity and welcoming communities for our formerly incarcerated brothers and sisters.

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