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Maria LedesmaCalifornia Sunset: O'Connor's Post-Affirmative Action

Ideal Comes of Age in California

María C. Ledesma
The Review of Higher Education, 2019

Abstract: In the shadow of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold race-conscious policies in Fisher v. University of Texas (2016), and midway to Justice O’Connor’s 25-year sunset clause in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), affirmative action remains contentious. This qualitative theoretical study posits that we need not speculate about O’Connor’s aspirational deadline, suggesting that by 2028 race would presumably no longer be a necessary consideration in univer-sity admissions. California has been living O’Connor’s post-affirmative action ideal for two decades and by all accounts the elimination of race-conscious affirmative action has left an indelible and as of yet irreparable mark on the Golden State.


Chris Linder

"A Student Should Have the Privilege of Just Being a
Student": Student Activism as Labor

Chris Linder, Stephen John Quaye, Alex C. Lange, Ricky Ericka Roberts, Marvette C. Lacy,
Wilson Kwamogi Okello
The Review of Higher Education, 2019

Abstract: Students with minoritized identities have been engaged in campus activism as a way to hold institutional leaders accountable for addressing op-pression. What is particularly unique about these activists is that they often advocate for change as a way to survive in their minoritized bodies. Because these activists are working to address institutional oppression, they are not able to engage in the activities that historically lead to educationally-beneficial college experiences. The purpose of this study was to explore the extra labor in which 25 student activists engaged, including the costs and consequences of their activism.

Last Updated: 7/11/19