“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.