Fatima Alleyne 
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Re: “Why Black Students Are Avoiding UC Berkeley

This is quite interesting for an African-American woman who graduated from UC Berkeley with a Ph.D. in Engineering (and yes I applied to graduate school with a 3.7 GPA, research experience, and 2 peer-reviewed publications in high-impact journals). So no, I don't believe I was accepted to Berkeley because of my race but even if I did so what! I completed my course. During my time I watched how non-minorities were accepted to the engineering program who had not met the criteria. Very few want to acknowledge or even have that discussion because the hasty assumption is that if you are a "minority" you did not meet the criteria, rather they only considered you because you are a female, Latino, African-American, etc. I've learned it is who knows you (not who you know) and who will advocate for you. More importantly, it is interesting to me that someone is willing to write about the climate that I've experienced for many years. I think the administrators at Berkeley should read this article, the comments and take them seriously.

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Posted by Fatima Alleyne on 11/08/2013 at 6:43 PM

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