Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

President's Discussion Avoids Proposition 209, Hopwood

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

President's Discussion Avoids Proposition 209, Hopwood

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - President Bill Clinton's racial advisory board explored the diversity of college campuses last month without taking on the prickly subject of affirmative action. The board chairman said the panel's work is larger than that single issue.

In its third meeting, the seven-member board heard testimony from nine people, mostly school presidents and academics, on how to make diversity work at colleges and universities.

The discussion, held in the student center at the University of Maryland, avoided Proposition 209, which ended affirmative action programs in California, and the recent federal court ruling in Hopwood v. Texas, which outlawed race-based law school admissions policies in Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Chairman John Hope Franklin said the board did not want to lose track of the good works under way in diversity programs by inviting debate over affirmative action.

"The matter of race in this country transcends Proposition 209 and Hopwood," Franklin said. "We're talking about the matter of improving relations of human beings toward each other. …

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