Proposition 209, California’s anti-affirmative action initiative, went into effect in 1997. Much of the research on Proposition 209 in the decade since has focused on the impact of the initiative in higher education admissions. There has been comparatively little research examining the impact of the initiative on public employment and contracting, and even less that looks at the broader secondary socio-economic impacts of the initiative. These issues are becoming increasingly crucial to examine as proponents of Proposition 209 seek to place similar measures on the ballot in a number of other states.
In the fall/winter 2007, the California Coalition to Analyze the Impact of Proposition 209 (Impact 209) and a number of institutions at UCLA will sponsor a symposium to examine and discuss the 10-year impact of Proposition 209 and of the concurrent reduction of race- and gender-conscious equal opportunity programs in the public sphere.
This symposium will merge a discussion of existing scholarship with new research on how the socioeconomic conditions of women, people of color, and the State as a whole have been impacted by these changes.
To this end, the symposium sponsors have issued a call for paper proposals (see CFP here).
Abstracts and proposals must be received by June 15, 2007. They will be reviewed with the assistance of an advisory committee (in formation) of researchers and practitioners. Authors will be notified of selection by July 17, 2007.
Please include participant name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses on the cover page. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Proposals for large, empirical studies should be no more than 5 double-spaced pages and should include a separate 250-word abstract. Such proposals should describe a) the parameters of the research; b) the data sources to be used; c) an indication of the amount of work already completed and the paper’s expected length; and d) initial conclusions/results, if available. Electronic submissions are preferred.
We will provide significant honoraria to authors completing large, empirical studies and more modest honoraria to other authors. Lead authors are expected to be available to participate, with a draft manuscript, in a symposium in Fall 2007 or early 2008 at UCLA. (October 26-27, 2007 are dates currently being considered.)