Gender and Ethnic Equity at the University of California: A Historical Accounting

Seminar | February 27 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle Hall (Level D)

 Zachary Bleemer, Director, UC Cliometric History Project, Center for Studies in Higher Education

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The University of California, in all of its departments, has been open to students of all types and backgrounds since it opened. More than 10 percent of graduates of UC's medical schools were women almost every year after the 1890s, and the proportion of female undergraduates at UC campuses has historically been much higher than that of most private universities in California. Evidence of ethnic diversity is harder to measure, since universities did not preserve student demographic records, but I will show evidence of UC's ethnic diversity throughout the 20th century. Using these findings, I will demonstrate how this diversity spread throughout California society in the form of role model effects--in high schools, universities, hospitals, and elsewhere--and contributed to California's contemporary egalitarianism.

About the speaker: Zachary Bleemer
Zach Bleemer is the Director of the University of California Cliometric History Project at CSHE. The UCCHP, conducted in partnership with the UC Office of the President on the eve of the university system’s 150th anniversary, will produce an unprecedented large-scale empirical examination of the University of California’s students, faculty, funding, institutional structure, and the university’s impact on socioeconomic mobility and economic development.

As UCCHP Director and Lead Researcher, Zach Bleemer manages the Project’s wide-ranging digitization and data collection activities—including the collection of a complete annual database of all students, faculty, and courses affiliated with the UC system since 1900—and leads a number of empirical studies using these data to examine the relationship between the University of California and the state of California’s growth, economic mobility, and gender and ethnic equality in the 20th century and today.

Zach Bleemer is a PhD student in Economics at UC Berkeley, where his research examines the educational and occupational decisions of young Americans. He has previously held senior research analyst positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Mathematica Policy Research, and has published working papers on student debt, parental coresidence, university attendance, and gender role model effects. He is also currently a Digital Humanities Fellow at UC Berkeley and a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

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