A Colorado ballot initiative, Amendment 46, seeks to destroy affirmative action programs throughout the state. Brought forward by California businessman Ward Connerly, the so-called Colorado Civil Rights Initiative does not specify exactly which programs will disappear should it pass.
And until yesterday, opponents of the measure were also loath to identify the programs that might be targeted, citing concerns that Connerly and his team would single out those very programs for demolition.
But now, on the heels of the news that Amendment 46 opponents have pulled their lawsuit against the initiative’s backers, the Vote No on 46 campaign has released a list of programs it believes will be cut with the measure’s passage. The release is part of a revved up Vote No campaign that organizers say will escalate in the coming weeks.
The list of impacted programs includes the following:
-The University of Colorado Leadership, Excellence, Achievement and Diversity Alliance (CU-LEAD) and the Pre-Collegiate Development Program to recruit and mentor under-represented students both in high school and on the Boulder campus.
-CU Journalism School program to encourage broader minority participation in the journalism field.
-The CU Success Institute, Summer Bridge program and Female Recruits Explore Engineering to support under-represented populations, particularly women, to enter the engineering and IT fields.
-University of Colorado at Denver’s Early College Scholars to prepare students from under-represented populations for college attendance.
-Denver Public School’s Indian Education Program to provide training and support to teachers of Native American students to help them achieve.
“Despite what our opponents claim, Amendment 46, should it pass, would have a devastating effect on equal-opportunity programs here in Colorado,” reads the release.