The Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity will mark the 10th anniversary of California’s Proposition 209 with a day-long symposium on Friday, October 27, examining the initiative that amended the state’s constitution to prohibit public institutions from discriminating on the basis of race, sex or ethnicity. The program, Equal Opportunity in Higher Education: The Past and Future of Proposition 209, will culminate in a President’s Roundtable of top University of California leaders moderated by Dean Christopher Edley. Robert Dynes, president of the University of California, will join chancellors Robert Birgeneau, UC Berkeley; France Cordova, UC Riverside; and Michael Drake, UC Irvine, and UC Davis professor John Oakley, who serves as chair of the Academic Senate, for a panel discussion on the impact of Proposition 209 over the past decade.
The conference is part of an initiative by the Warren Institute to develop a new research base that will help analyze how Proposition 209 has affected student and faculty diversity in California higher education. As part of that effort, the Warren Institute has commissioned more than two dozen studies from leading national scholars and policymakers across a broad spectrum of disciplines and institutions. The symposium will begin at the UC Berkeley Clark Kerr Conference Center with registration at 8 a.m. The President’s Roundtable takes place at 5:30 p.m. in Booth Auditorium at Boalt Hall.