Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UC Students Say No Recruiting until Affirmative Action Is Restored

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

UC Students Say No Recruiting until Affirmative Action Is Restored

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NOTEWORTHY NEWS: UC Students Say No Recruiting Until Affirmative Action Is Restored

LOS ANGELES

Students indignant over the University of California's ban on affirmative action are threatening to stop recruiting minority prospects.

Jackie Melendez, a UC Berkeley student, told regents at a March meeting at UCLA that she and others in outreach groups weren't willing to encourage minority students to enroll in the nine-campus system with the ban in place.

Melendez said students wouldn't deliberately try to dissuade prospective students, but "we feel that the truth about what it feels like to be a student of color at UC Berkeley is discouraging enough. I'd like to send an invitation for you to walk to my classes. Walk through a day of life at UC Berkeley with me."

Berkeley Chancellor Robert Berdahl said that if the groups follow through on the threat he will withhold about $27,000 in campus funds usually given to the groups for their participation. …

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