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Affirmative Action Ten Years After Proposition 209

Panelists Winston Doby, Ward Connerly, Eva Paterson, and Joe Hicks discuss the impact of Proposition 209.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Kerckhoff Grand Salon
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This Post-Proposition 209 Panel, to be broadcast on KPCC radio, includes Ward Connerly, the lead proponent of Proposition 209 in 1996.  Patt Morrison moderates the panel, which includes pro- and anti-affirmative action speakers who will address the condition of California and its higher education systems after the passage of Proposition 209.

Live Radio Broadcast on KPCC (89.3 FM) hosted by KPCC and the USAC External Vice President's Office.


  • Winston Doby, Former UCLA Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
  • Ward Connerly, lead proponent of Proposition 209 and Former UC Regent
  • Joe Hicks, Vice President of Community Advocates, Inc.
  • Eva Paterson, President and Founder of Equal Justice Society 

Come hear some of the leading figures in the debate over Affirmative Action discuss the impacts of Proposition 209 ten years later.

  • Winston Doby was a campus administrator when Regents Standing Policies 1 and 2 and Proposition 209 passed.
  • Eva Paterson and the Equal Justice Society are fighting to reinstate Affirmative Action to ensure diversity.
  • Ward Connerly led the fight to end affirmative action in California and Michigan and is planning to take it to every state in the U.S.
  • Joe Hicks, once an advocate for affirmative action, is now against affirmative action.

Its been more than 10 years since California voters passed a constitutional amendment that prohibits public institutions from using affirmative action. Former UC Regent Ward Connerly was the lead proponent of Proposition 209. He argues that affirmative action is tantamount to racial discrimination, and he has been taking his case nationwide. He successfully campaigned to ban affirmative action in Michigan and has plans to do the same in other states. Patt Morrison moderates while Ward Connerly and other guests debate the merits of affirmative action and the legacy of 209 on higher education in California. The program will be broadcast live from the Kerckhoff Grand Salon at UCLA. African American enrollment at UCLA has declined sharply since the passage of 209.

Join in the debate during the question and answer session!

For more information about Prop 209, visit




Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available for $8.

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