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Resolution Opposing Proposition 54

RESOLUTION OPPOSING PROPOSITION 54

Adopted 03/24/03

Amended 09/08/03

Whereas,      The Mission Statement of the Associated Students of Humboldt State University states that “The Associated Students…[shall] provide an official voice through which students’ opinions may be expressed;” and

Whereas,      Humboldt State University and the Associated Students of Humboldt State University support and value diversity, a concept that creates a multi-faceted network of cross-cultural ideas, perspectives, and opinions which provide an invaluable portion of our education, and

Whereas,      The Classification of Race, Ethnicity, and National Origin (CRENO) Initiative, otherwise known as the Racial Privacy Initiative (RPI), aims to inhibit California’s ability to gather data on race, ethnicity, color, or national origin in the operation of public education, public contracting, or public employment, and

Whereas,      the CRENO Initiative would eliminate the gathering of valuable racial and ethnic data that is vital to identifying, tracking, and rectifying racial or ethnic disparities in access to public higher education, academic achievement, hate crimes, and incidents of discrimination, and

Whereas,      The elimination of such data will have detrimental effects on our university’s ability to address issues of racial /ethnic disparity as it relates to admissions and outreach, perform undergraduate/graduate research which includes issues of ethnicity and race, or identify and rectify discrepancies in hiring, promotion, and compensation practices within the Humboldt State University community, and

Whereas,      The CRENO Initiative will not move our nation toward becoming a color-blind society, but will induce barriers to public higher education and obscure statewide racial/ethnic discrepancies, and

Whereas,      The California State Student Association and the University of California Student Association have already publicly opposed this initiative and

Whereas,      The Classification of Race, Ethnicity, and National Origin (CRENO)

                Initiative, otherwise known as the Racial Privacy Initiative (RPI), is now known as PROPOSITION 54 on the October 7, 2003 California ballot,

                Therefore, be it

Resolved,      The Associated Students of Humboldt State University officially take a unified stance against the CRENO Initiative; be it further

Resolved,      The Associated Students of Humboldt State University will work in collaboration with other organizations that oppose this initiative and organize to defeat it; be it futher

Resolved,      The Associated Students of Humboldt State University urges the Academic Senate of Humboldt State University, President Rollin Richmond, the CSU Board of Trustees, and Chancellor Reed to take similar actions to oppose the CRENO Initiative; be it further

Resolved,      The Associated Students of Humboldt State University amend the

                title of the RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE CRENO/RPI

PROPOSITION (Adopted 03/24/2003) to be, the RESOLUTION

OPPOSING PROPOSITION 54 (Amended 9/08/03).

Resolved,      That copies of this resolution be sent, but not limited to, HSU President Rollin Richmond, the HSU Academic Senate, HSU’s Multi-Cultural

Center, the California State Student Association, the University of California Student Association, the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed, State Assembly Member Patty Berg, State Senator Wes Chesbro, Governor Gray Davis, the HSU Lumberjack, and the local media.

Authored by:

Gretchen Kinney,

President, Associated Students, Humboldt State University

Amended by:

Manolo Platin, HSU Representative

California State Student Association

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Christopher Cook, College Representative         Dusty Duley, College Representative

    Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences             Natural Resources & Sciences

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      Kelley Kiesling                                     Gretchen Kinney

          Legislative Vice President                                       President