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Winston Doby on Admissions and African Americans

A conversation with former vice chancellor of student affairs Dr. Winston C. Doby.

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Published Oct 19, 2006 4:02 PM


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The alarming decline in African American admissions at UCLA did not begin with the passage of the law that outlawed affirmative action in 1997, Proposition 209. A host of factors both internal and external stretching back to the '70s gave rise to the current crisis. And no one is more qualified to explain it than Dr. Winston Doby, who lived the history.

In an acclaimed career that spans more than three decades, Doby '63, M.A. '72, Ed.D. '74 worked tirelessly for the benefit of students at every level of California's educational system. The former Fremont High School track star (and later mathematics teacher) was vice chancellor for student affairs in Westwood for 20 years—the longest tenure of anybody in that position. He co-founded the community-based Young Black Scholars Program. Founded the Black Male Achievement Project. Served on the Los Angeles Unified School District's Evaluator Team. Served as a member of innumerable task forces, including one that examined the impact of Prop. 209. And he also worked at the top of the system as University of California vice president for educational outreach.

One of the first actions taken by the university after initial data revealed that less than 100 of UCLA's 4,800-plus incoming freshmen in Fall 2006 were African American was the establishment of an African-American Enrollment Task Force. Winston Doby was one of the first experts asked to present to the group. Dr. Doby summarized that presentation recently in an exclusive interview with UCLA Magazine editor Jack Feuer.

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