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Berkeley Engineering Students Demand Greater Effort to Promote Diversity

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Science  02 Dec 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6060, pp. 1191
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6060.1191

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In the summer of 2009, the dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, pledged to improve the school's poor record of attracting and retaining minority and women students. But since then, by all accounts, the situation at one of the country's top public universities has gotten worse instead of better. So last week a coalition of student organizations used a meeting of the college's executive committee as a forum to demand action. Engineering Dean S. Shankar Sastry has promised the students to come up with an "action plan" by mid-December, starting with an effort to persuade students admitted next spring to attend Berkeley in the fall.