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Students occupy UCLA to demand admission of more minorities

June 1, 2012 |  8:57 pm

UCLA admissions protest

More than two dozen high school and community college students staged a protest at the UCLA admissions office Friday, demanding the university double the enrollment of black, Latino and American Indian students.

Thirteen people were arrested during the protest, which began about 3:15 p.m., according to UCLA. The arrests came after campus police ordered the demonstrators to disperse after the building closed at 6 p.m., UCLA officials said. There were no injuries.

Jose Alvarenga, who attends Pasadena City College and plans to apply to UCLA next year, said the protesters are determined to "open the doors of the university" to more underrepresented minorities. They also want the university to reconsider the applications of blacks, Latinos and American Indians who have been denied admission.

"This school does not look like this city of Los Angeles at all," he said. "Many students don't even apply because they don't feel confident enough that they will be accepted."

UCLA is committed to having a diverse student body, said spokesman Phil Hampton.

"Within the constraints of state law, the campus is doing everything possible to ensure that the student body reflects the state population," he said. "We have made great strides but acknowledge that more improvement is needed."

This year, 44.9% of the California residents admitted to UCLA are Asian American, 25.8% are white, 21.1% are Latino, 3.8% are black and 0.7% are Native American.


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Photo: Student protesters occupy UCLA's admissions office Friday, demanding more minorities be accepted to the university. Credit: Associated Press