Departing Professors: What is Happening to Diversity at UC?Minh Nguyen is a UC Berkeley junior majoring in computer science. Send responses to [email protected].
Thursday, October 28, 1999
I just cannot bear the fact that UC Berkeley is losing its multicultural diversity among faculty, staff and students that has marked this university as one of the most prestige ones in the nation.
Among the reasons why I chose UC Berkeley over other distinctive schools is that I perceive Cal to be a university where one's multicultural background is not only appreciated, but also promoted to its fullest extent. I am sad to see that Cal is losing this image as the institution where the heart of diversity resides.
That we are losing another brilliant mind in education professor Pedro Noguera is just one incident in a series of an increasing homogenization at Berkeley ("Professor Considers Leaving, Cites Lack Of Diversity at UC," Oct. 27). I hear and feel this disappointment and disapproval among both my faculty and my peers.
Berkeley should stand at the top of the ladder to promote diversity despite Proposition 209. We should show the world that diversity is what makes this university a prestigious one, and that we will continue to strive for the creation of an educational environment that has proven itself on the basis of a diverse population.
The fact that a Chinese chancellor once headed this university has changed my view on UC Berkeley tremendously. I wish I had the opportunity to have met former Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien, for the immense admiration and respect I see in the community's eyes for this friend has impressed me immensely.
The loss of this beloved personality and minority professors such as Noguera indicate that Cal is undergoing a step back in history. If the administration is unable to recognize the importance of a diverse faculty that is representative to student and world population serving as our mentors, I fear a decline of what distinguishes Cal from any other public institution.
Although I do enjoy the diversity that does exits here, I fear that my next two years here will be spent watching my Cal pride diminishing. I want to be able to look back and proudly point back to Berkeley when I urge my children to choose an institution that allows them not only to feel comfortable, but also to feel that they belong there.
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