Affirming Equal Opportunity in Higher Education with a Repeal of Proposition 209

California is home to world-class public universities, and we must ensure that diverse Californians can also benefit from the opportunity these universities provide. Unfortunately, Black, Latinx, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Native American students are underrepresented in our universities.

Since the passage of Proposition 209 in 1996 by California voters, which banned affirmative action, alternative admissions policies and other practices at universities to increase the diversity of their student body have not been adequate.

In the Fall of 2019, the University of California (UC) undergraduate student population was 33% Asian and Pacific Islander, 25% Latinx, 21% White, and 4% Black, not at all reflective of our state’s diversity. Read more