Public Statements from Phi Beta Kappa


As part of our mission to champion education in the arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence, Phi Beta Kappa periodically issues public statements, joins amicus curiae briefs, signs organizational letters, and supports policy positions.  Below, find links to statements  and positions on issues of importance to the Society and our mission for 2021.  

  • Letter to the House Appropriations Committee supporting Fiscal Year 2022 funding for the Departments of Labor, HHS and Education (July 14, 2021)
  • Statement on legislative efforts to restrict education about racism and American history (June 16, 2021)
  • Letter to the SEC supporting standardized disclosures of climate and environmental, social and governance (ESG) information (in collaboration with signatories to the Principles of Responsible Investing, joined in 2019 by the Phi Beta Kappa Foundation). (June 11, 2021)
  • Letter to the leadership of the Congressional appropriation committees requesting support for programs serving students, institutions, and researchers (June 11, 2021)
  • Letter to Acting Assistant Secretary Goldberg on the Title IX public hearing (June 10, 2021)
  • Statement on the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd (April 20, 2021)
  • Statement on voting rights by higher education organizations (April 13, 2021)
  • Letter to Members of Congress asking to double the maximum Pell Grant (March 30, 2021)
  • Statement Condemning Anti-Asian violence (March 18, 2021)
  • Letter to the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate offering thanks for their support for postsecondary students and institutions in H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (March 15, 2021)
  • Letter to the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders in support of the reconciliation package (March 2, 2021) 
  • Letter to the House of Representatives Speaker and Minority Leader in support of the reconciliation package (February 25, 2021)
  • Letter to the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders in support of S.264 the Dream Act of 2021 (February 22, 2021)
  • Letter to the acting U.S. Secretary of Education asking that Dreamers and international students be made eligible for emergency student funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II) (January 28, 2021)
  • Letter to U.S. Department of State Secretary Anthony Blinken asking for support for international students (January 27, 2021) 
  • Statement Condemning the Report of the Advisory 1776 Commission (January 20, 2021)
  • Statement Condemning the January 6th Attack on Democracy (January 8, 2021)