Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

California Students Propose Initiative to 'Provide Equal Opportunity'

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

California Students Propose Initiative to 'Provide Equal Opportunity'

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BERKELEY, Calif. - In response the anti-affirmative action referendums and policy statements which have become the law of the land in the state of California, students here have crafted the Equal Educational Opportunity Initiative (EEOI) in hopes of getting it on the ballot in November.

The new initiative states: "In order to provide equal opportunity, promote diversity and combat discrimination in public education, the state may consider the economic background, race, sex, ethnicity, and national origin of qualified individuals."

The goal of the students. who come from almost every campus in the state and have banded together to form the Students for Educational Opportunity (SEO) is to gather 1 million signatures by April 17 to qualify for the November ballot. To qualify 800,000 signatures are required.

More than 1,000 students have mobilized and are now working to gather signatures, according to Andrea Guerrero, a student at the University of California (UC) Law School and one of the coordinators of the multiracial effort. …

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