At least a dozen protesters were arrested at the UCLA admissions office Friday afternoon as they demanded the school double their minority student population and take another look at four Latino and Black students who were rejected from the university, despite what demonstrators called ”stellar” academic records.
About 40 people, including high school and college students, gathered to “occupy” the office around 3:30 p.m., said Ronald Cruz, an attorney with By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) who was at the protest.
Of the school’s more than 27,000 undergraduates, nearly 37 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander, and white, non-Hispanic students make up 31.2 percent of the student body, according to UCLA’s enrollment report for the Fall 2011 quarter.
The report lists the percentage of represented ethnicities on campus:
- Hispanic students: 16.55
- International students: 7.40
- Black, Non-Hispanic students: 4.04
- Unstated, unknown or other: 3.72
- American Indian or Alaska Native students: 0.53
The group took issue with those figures, and gathered Friday with three demands. Cruz listed them in an email statement:
- Double Latina/o, black and other underrepresented minority studentenrollment
- Admit more Latina/o, black, and other underrepresented minority students including some of the students we are submitting.
- Reopen the Appeals process to allow the more than deserving Latina/o, black, Native American and other underrepresented minority who have been denied once or twice already the chance to be reconsidered.