California IN BRIEF : BERKELEY : Latinos Found Lagging on Faculty
UC Berkeley has made strides in attracting minority undergraduates but only 2.1% of tenured faculty are Latino, according to a new survey. The figure compares to the 1990 census results, which show 26% of the state’s population is Hispanic/Latino. More than 20% of Berkeley’s freshman class is Latino, but last year only 6.3% of its graduate students were Latino. Of Cal’s executives, only 2.7% are Latino: 64 out of 2,346 executive and professional staffers. “I was personally shocked and surprised, and so were many of the people who worked on the report,” said Guillermo Rodriguez of the Hispanic Coalition on Higher Education. Of 294 top executive and professional staff members at Cal, one is a Latina. And 17 of 2,346 academic staff members are Latinas. University spokesman Jesus Mena said Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien is concerned about the findings and is meeting with staff to respond.