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Published by the Public Affairs Office at San Francisco State University, Diag Center.

#021--October 5, 1998 ; Media Advisory
Contact: Ligeia Polidora / Rol Risska
Phone: (415) 338-1665

First-ever statewide poll gauging public attitudes in California toward diversity in higher education

WHAT: Press briefing, Tuesday, Oct. 6, on a new statewide poll on diversity. Leaders of San Francisco State, UC Berkeley, the University of San Francisco, UC San Francisco, Skyline College, and College of Marin join representatives from the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Daniel Yankelovich polling firm of DYG, Inc. to present results.

WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. in the Sunset Room of the Guest Center at San Francisco State University. The Guest Center is located at 798 Font Blvd. on the campus. See map for parking instructions.

DETAILS: The poll explores the opinions of Californians statewide on several key issues relating to diversity in higher education. Those issues include the effects on academic standards of courses in cultural diversity; diversity in the student body; and the role of diversity education in preparing students to enter the workforce.


WHAT: In a related event later that afternoon in the Student Center's Jack Adams Hall, S.F. State will sponsor an afternoon of panel and community discussions featuring notable Bay Area experts exploring the legacies of racism in the United States and opportunities for reconciliation. A highlight of the day will be a noon talk by Manning Marable, noted African American scholar from Columbia University. Marable is the founding director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia.

10:30 a.m. ---panel on how higher education and local communities can help students learn about the legacies of race relations in America and prepare for opportunities for reconciliation. Panelists will include Patrisia Gonzales, syndicated columnist; Steve Philips of the San Francisco Board of Education; Ruth Love, professor of Department of Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies and Black Studies at SFSU and former school superintendent in Oakland and Chicago; Lorraine Dong, professor of Asian American Studies at SFSU; and Ricardo Montenegro, president of Associated Students, Inc. at SFSU. Carlos Cordova, acting chair of La Raza Studies at SFSU, will serve as moderator for the session. Location: SFSU Student Center, Jack Adams Hall.

1:15 p.m. --- panel on the role of the media in shaping a multicultural America. Panelists will include Sharon Rosenhause, managing editor of the San Francisco Examiner; Bill Wong, Bay Area print journalist; Roberto Rodriguez, syndicated columnist; and Erna Smith, chair of SFSU's Journalism Department. Felix Guiterrez of the Freedom Forum will serve as moderator. Location: Student Center, Jack Adams Hall.


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