Whereas, since Proposition 209, admissions of African American students to the University of California system dropped by 9.1% and Latino admissions has dropped by 10.8%, (despite the application rate for these 2 groups having increased significantly) and the admission rate to UC Berkeley decreased by 32.2% for African Americans and 38.3% for Latinos. ; and
Whereas, a misinformation campaign that falsely alleges racial quotas has derailed legislative and constitutional attempts to address and reverse the drop in African American and Latino college admissions, especially in University of California system; and
Whereas, the California Assembly Speaker recently announced the creation of a bicameral commission on issues surrounding recruitment, admissions, and retention in California’s systems of higher education, which has the opportunity to ensure the ability of our state’s public universities to admit underrepresented students and ensure that diversity on campus is a closer reflection of our state’s demographics.
Be It Resolved, that the Alameda Democratic Central Committee make it clear that it fully supports the formation of the bicameral commission on issues surrounding recruitment, admissions, and retention in California’s higher education system and the expansion of educational opportunities and access for communities that continue to be underrepresented in our public universities;
Be It Further Resolved, the Alameda Democratic Central Committee urges that this commission report its findings to the public at a date certain and catalyzes real policy proposals to address the decline of African-American, Latino and other underrepresented students in higher education.
Authored by Chris Jackson, Black Young Democrats of the East Bay. Submitted by Andy Kelley, AD15. Sponsored by Igor Tregub, AD15.