UC Berkeley to reinstate affirmative action after finding ‘loophole’ in state ban

UC Berkeley to reinstate affirmative action after finding ‘loophole’ in state ban

Administrators at the University of California at Berkeley believe they have found a loophole in the state’s constitutional ban on affirmative action that will allow them to create an African-American scholarship fund.

“For too long, African-Americans on our campus have faced obstacles to feeling fully included in the life of our university,” Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said earlier this month in a press release announcing the program, which is described as “a comprehensive effort to address the underrepresentation and campus climate for African-American students, faculty and staff.”

“I think it’s likely that the climate and sense of inclusion would be much more healthy at double our current representation.”

In addition to establishing a $20 million scholarship fund earmarked for African-American students, the UC Berkeley African-American Initiative will also undertake other efforts to boost “recruitment and yield” of black undergrads and faculty; enhance the social, personal, and academic support provided to current and future African-American students; and “improve the classroom climate, including training and pedagogical resources for faculty and Graduate Student Instructors.”


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