I've just signed this petition against SCA 5 which will bring back special preference to admissions to the University of California, overturning Proposition 209. If passed, this will have a negative impact against Chinese, Indian and Korean applicants, among others.
To read what SCA 5 will do, click on this site:
Here is a synopsis of SCA 5: The California Constitution prohibits the state from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.
(f) For the purposes of this section, “State” shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, the State itself, any city, county, city and county, school district, special district, or any other political subdivision or governmental instrumentality of or within the State. “State” does not include the University of California or the Public School System.
The last sentence exempts UC from non-discrimination. The way I read it, SCA 5 will not only impact student applications, but faculty and staff too.
Unfortunately, all three senators of Chinese descent have voted in favor of it, Carol Liu, Ted Lieu and Leland Yee. So it will most likely pass. But I hope you will still sign it, if nothing else, to show the politicians we the people of California are against bringing back racial discrimination and preferences.