Monthly Archives: October 1995

1995.10.11: Reaffirming Affirmative Action (UCLA Daily Bruin)

1995.10.11 Reaffirming Affirmative Action (Daily Bruin Ad.)(Leon)

Daily Bruin News, October 11, 1995


As members of the UCLA faculty, we unequivocally reaffirm our commitment to the principles and programs of affirmative action. We view the Regental rejection of affirmative action as doubly a betrayal of trust. First, the Regents turned their backs on this nation’s and this state’s historic struggle to secure social justice for all citizens. Second, by acting against the considered educational judgment and the expressed will of the president of the university, the council of chancellors, the academic council, and the student association, the Regents violated a long tradition of shared governance. In both regards, they substituted partisan politics for educational policy, and allowed the university to be used as a vehicle for the presidential ambitions of Governor Wilson.

We emphasize that our firm support for affirmative action and the inclusion of race and gender in the overall assessment of admissions is not the result of our own political interests, which are indeed highly varied. Rather, our support derives from our many years of educational service. We know from experience that affirmative action at the University of California has never meant arbitrary favoritism based on group rights.” It is not about admitting unqualified minorities. All those admitted to the university have excellent records of academic achievement and the potential for further achievement as measured by SAT scores. Affirmative action does mean viewing students as persons and not only as scores, i.e., precisely as individuals, as whole human beings with unique histories, identities, diverse background and special abilities.

Unfortunately, one of the most important benefits of affirmative action has been hidden by the posturing and grandstanding of the politicians, namely, the classroom and research benefits that accrue from diversity. Diversity stimulates intellectual life and development, generates new challenges, and pushes all members of the university community to higher levels of excellence and achievement.

Therefore, as educators, we shall strive to provide access to the university as well as high quality programs for all scholastically motivated young people in our state. Instead of turning back the clock, we shall work together with students and staff to build a more open, diverse and educationally rich university.


Richard L. Abel (Law)
Emily K. Abel (Public Health; Women’s Studies)
Reginald H. Alleyne, Jr. (Law)
Alison G. Anderson (Law)
Richard Anderson (Political Science)
Joyce Appleby (History)
Richard Ashcraft (Political Science)
Bruce L. Baker (Psychology)
S. Scott Bartchy (History)
Edward Berenson (History)
Gary Blasi (Law)
Ruth Bloch (History)
Albert Boime (Art History)
Scott Bowman (Political Science)
Lester Breslow (Public Health)
Carole Browner (Psychiatry)
Jean-Claude Carron (French)
Barry E. Collins (Psychology)
Stanley Du (Health Sciences)
Ellen DuBois (History)
Christopher Ehret (History)
Henry H. Em (East Asian Languages)
Julian H. Eule (Law)
Jody Freeman (Law)
Barbara Geddes (Political Science)
Carole Goldberg-Ambrose (Law)
Laura Gomez (Law)
Gerry A. Hale (Geography)
Sondra Hale (Anthropology; Women’s Studies)
Joel Handler (Law)
Michael Haslam (Classics)
Nancy Henley (Psychology)
Guillermo E. Hernandez (Chicano Studies/ Spanish)
Robert Hill (History)
Jerome Hoffman (Health Sciences)
John Horton (Sociology)
Yuji Ichioka (Asian American Studies)
Marion K. Jacobs (Psychology)
Donald Kalish (Philosophy)
Jerry Kang (Law)
Shushi Kao (French)
Edmond Keller (Political Sciences)
Katherine King (Classics)
Robert S. Kirsner (Germanic Languages)
Marc Lange (Philosophy)
Steven Lattimore (Classics)
Gillian Lester (Law)
Leon Letwin (Law)
Christine Littleton (Law)
Gerald P. Lopez (Law)
Valerie Matsumoto (Asian American Studies)
Thomas McClendon (History)
Carne Mendkel-Meadow (Law)
Melissa Meyer (History)
Ruth Milkman (Sociology)
Sarah Morris (Classics)
Albert Moore (Law)
Don Nakanishi (Asian American Studies)
Gary Nash (History)
Melvin Oliver (Sociology)
Frances Olsen (Law)
Vilma Ortiz (Sociology)
Jeffrey Prager (Sociology)
Jerome Rabow (Sociology)
Jan Reiss (History)
Milton I. Roemer (Public Health)
Ruth Roemer (Public Health)
Vernon A. Rosario (History)
Karen Brodkin Sacks (Anthropology; Women’s Studies)
Shu-mei Shih (East Asian Languages)
Miriam Silverberg (History)
Clyde Spillenger (Law)
Glenn Stephens (Political Sciences)
Geoffrey Symcox (History)
David Takeuchi (NPI/ Asian American Studies)
Masamichi Takesaki (Mathematics)
Abel Valenzuela (Cesar Chavez Center)
Robert Walser (Musicology)
Jill Waterman (Psychology)
Herbert Weiner (Health Sciences)
Cecile Whiting (Art History)
Victor Wolfenstein (Political Sciences)
Stephen Yenser (English)

(* If you are interested in joining the UCLA Faculty Affirmative Action Network, please contact Ellen DuBois or Victor Wolfenstein)