A call for a California higher ed compact for Black people

In summary

A new California compact has to mobilize the entire postsecondary education system to advance racial justice in the teaching mission.

By Douglas M. Haynes, Special to CalMatters 

Douglas M. Haynes is the vice chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and chief diversity officer at the University of California, Irvine, [email protected].

California demands a new compact for higher education – one that is based on Black people thriving. 

The recent failure of Proposition 16 underscores the urgency of racial justice in our state’s postsecondary system of education, spanning from community colleges to four-year comprehensive and research universities. This plan must be grounded in confronting anti-Blackness wherever teaching and learning, discovery and creativity, and healing and service take place.

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