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Monday, Sept. 15: Maintaining student diversity after Prop. 209

Patricia Gandara

Patricia Gandara

UC and other state colleges and universities have had to work more strategically to maintain a diverse student population since the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996 led to the dismantling of affirmative action programs.

UC researchers Patricia Gándara and William Kidder will share their research on UC’s efforts to maintain student diversity on Monday, Sept. 15, 12 to 1 p.m. in Franklin Lobby 1 (click link to add event to your calendar).

Their talk is entitled “Assessing the Impact of the Ban on Affirmative Action on Diversity at the University of California.”

Gándara is research professor of education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences and co-director of its Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles. She has also served as a bilingual school psychologist, a director of education research in the California State Legislature and a state commissioner for postsecondary education. She earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from UCLA.

William Kidder

William Kidder

Kidder is assistant executive vice chancellor (assistant provost) at UC Riverside. His research has been frequently cited in recent affirmative action cases, and his latest article “Misshaping the River: Proposition 209 and Lessons for the Fisher [Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, 2012] Case,” was published in the Journal of College and University Law. He earned his J.D. and B.A. degrees at UC Berkeley.

Education Partnerships, which is headquartered at UCOP’s Franklin building, administers statewide academic programs and provides support to UC campuses for college access and preparation efforts that raise student achievement generally and close achievement gaps among groups of students from pre-school through college graduation.

All UCOP staff are invited to attend. A light lunch will be served. For more details about the event, contact Education Partnerships at

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