9 ways UC is working to cultivate a university as diverse as the state itself
As the demographics of California have changed, UC has made a conscious effort to cultivate a student, staff and faculty community that reflects the state it serves.
Since 1996, the university has been prohibited by law from using race as a factor in admissions, so it has worked to expand diversity and inclusion in other ways, including increased outreach to K-12 students and schools, more holistic admissions practices, increased multicultural resources on campuses, and programs to cultivate a faculty that better reflects California students.
UC’s efforts are paying off: 31 percent of this year’s incoming undergraduates are from underrepresented groups (Black, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander), up from 20 percent a decade ago.
UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., has set even more ambitious goals, calling for the University of California to become the first higher education system in the nation to have each of its undergraduate campuses attain status as minority-serving institutions — a federal designation for achieving enrollment targets for specific underrepresented groups.