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William Kidder

Special Assistant, Chancellor's Office, University of California-Santa Cruz

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William (Bill) Kidder serves as Special Assistant in the Chancellor’s office at UC Santa Cruz and has more than a dozen years of experience in central administration at public universities in California, including handling non-discrimination and compliance efforts in several areas (Title IX, race/ethnicity, ADA, whistleblowers, faculty discipline).  Much of Mr. Kidder’s scholarship focuses on racial and gender equality in higher education – and connects social science, law and policy.  Bill’s works include empirical refutation of the so-called “mismatch” hypothesis about affirmative action (Stanford Law Review, Texas Law Review, chapter in Garces & Jayakumar’s book); the importance of a respectful and supportive campus racial climate (Journal of College & University Law, CRP monograph); the impact of state affirmative action bans and percent plans (ETS policy report with CRP co-director Patricia Gándara, UCLA Law Review Discourse, Harvard Latino Law Review report for MALDEF); and adverse impacts of standardized tests and bar exams (California Law Review, Santa Clara Law Review, Law & Social Inquiry).  His works were cited in dozens of amicus briefs in Grutter v. Bollinger and Fisher v. University of Texas, and his policy report for the Civil Rights Project was cited in Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissenting opinion in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.  

Much of Bill’s recent scholarship focuses on Title IX and the prevention of faculty-student sexual harassment in academia, including pieces co-authored with Prof. Nancy Cantalupo in the UC Davis Law Review, Utah Law Review, and Journal of Legal Education and an article on the standard of evidence in Title IX proceedings for the Journal of College & University Law.  Mr. Kidder is a past board member of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE).  Bill received his J.D. and B.A. at UC Berkeley.

 

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