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Changes at Berkeley Raise Fears of Shrinking Commitment to Diversity

Science  28 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5944, pp. 1057
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_1057

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The University of California, Berkeley, has long been a model for efforts to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and women in science and engineering. But a decision this summer by its engineering dean to merge a center serving that population into a larger program for all students has roiled the campus and triggered concern among diversity professionals throughout higher education.

  • * With reporting by Corinna Wu in Berkeley, California.