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UC expands its recruiting efforts targeting black and Latino students

UC expands its recruiting efforts targeting black and Latino students

The pitch came hard and fast: The University of California is the nation's finest public system of higher education. Financial aid is aplenty. The commitment to diversity is strong. The college recruiter who spoke Thursday to teachers, counselors, parents and more than 100 top students of color...

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