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Better than Varsity:
Will Adversity Ensure Diversity at the University?


In the interest of diversity, the University of California is going to give extra weight to applicants who can show that they have overcome adversity. The language of the initiative is admirable enough, and proponents would likely insist that they are merely placing value on variety of “experience.”

This essay has been published in Just Thinking: Volume I, 10/29/01–10/21/02 and is available in Confidence Place: The Timshel Arts Store.



02/11/02 Choice Means Considering Benefits and Costs (Abortion)

02/04/02 Parenthood: Making the World a Better Place (Family)

01/21/02 & 01/28/02 Off Sides in the Culture War: Islam and Affirmative Action (Society)

10/29/01 through 01/14/02 Archives