The University of California has voted in favor of restoring affirmative action in hopes of diversifying its student body.
The unanimous decision was reached by the school’s Board of Regents on Monday, nearly 24 years after it was outlawed by Proposition 209, which banned the consideration of race and gender in admissions in California.
By voting, the university endorsed the repeal of the law.
The board also voted in favor of supporting a state constitutional amendment which would put the repeal of Proposition 209 on the November ballot. The law prohibits the state from granting favorable treatment to anyone on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or nationality.
The state Assembly approved Assembly Constitutional Amendment 5 (ACA 5) on Wednesday 60-14. The legislation is now in the state senate where it must also pass with a two-thirds vote by June 25.
If ratified, ACA 5 will appear on Nov. 3 general election ballot, where it would need a majority vote to pass.
“There is amazing momentum for righting the wrongs caused by centuries of systemic racism in our country. The UC Board of Regents’ votes to endorse ACA 5 and to repeal Proposition 209 plays a part in that effort,” Board Chair John A. Pérez said in a statement.
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