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www.kpbs.org: Affirmative Action Ballot Measure Fails, But These Students Are Still Fighting To Diversify Their Universities

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“We’re supposed to be this diverse campus…but as a Black student, I didn’t feel that representation.”So Banjo got to work creating the community he was searching for.

He partnered with the Black Student Union on a mentoring program for Black students considering UC Santa Cruz to help encourage them to come to the university.

They say that even though Proposition 16 — the affirmative action ballot measure — did not pass, their work will continue.

Black and Latino students are underrepresented at the University of California compared to those groups’ share of the state’s population.

But perhaps a bigger challenge is finding the money to boost recruitment and retention of underrepresented students systemwide.

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