For far too long, we have looked at the educational disparity problem through the lens of Affirmative action. I support the Supreme Court’s ruling on Affirmative Action in college admissions.
My policy stance rejects the limitations of race-based Affirmative Action and focuses on combating educational disparity via the following
I was opposed to Proposition 16 on the 2020 ballot and any potential reversal of Proposition 209. As we know, Prop 16 failed. This proposition aimed to negate Proposition 209, also known as the California Civil Rights Initiative or CCRI. Passed by the voters of California in 1996, Proposition 209 effectively amended the state constitution, prohibiting state governmental institutions from considering race, sex, or ethnicity in public employment, public contracting, and public education. My position remains consistent in supporting the principles set forth by Proposition 209 and maintaining its intended impact.
In 2014, Rishi Kumar captured a compelling video documenting a peaceful protest held outside Cupertino City Hall. The gathering was a demonstration against State Constitutional Amendment 5 (SCA 5), highlighting the collective concern and opposition to the proposed measure. This video serves as a powerful reminder of the commitment and engagement of individuals who joined together to voice their dissent and advocate for a more inclusive and equitable society. By capturing the essence of the protest, Rishi Kumar's video exemplifies the importance of civic participation and the power of community mobilization in shaping public discourse and policy decisions.
As a passionate advocate for the educational advancement of disadvantaged youth, my efforts have centered around fostering equal opportunities for all, irrespective of race. By organizing Shelter-in-Place coding sessions, Entrepreneurship Bootcamps, and Lego Robotics Boot camps, I have had the privilege of providing invaluable STEM learning experiences to over 2,000 students hailing from underprivileged communities, particularly in areas such as San Jose and East Palo Alto. These programs have been instrumental in equipping young minds with the necessary skills and knowledge for a successful future.
In recognition of my expertise and dedication, I was appointed to the esteemed CA Dept of Education Computer Science Strategic Implementation Panel. Collaborating with fellow professionals, I played a significant role in developing the K-12 Computer Science Curriculum for California's public schools, a groundbreaking initiative set to launch in 2022. This curriculum aims to empower students with comprehensive computer science education, thus preparing them to thrive in the digital age.
Furthermore, my commitment to uplifting Silicon Valley youth has manifested through the establishment of summer Internship programs since 2015. By providing internship opportunities within the vibrant tech industry, I have opened doors for countless students to gain hands-on experience and broaden their horizons. Last summer alone, over a thousand students enthusiastically participated in my internship program, further solidifying my conviction in the potential of our youth.
In essence, I firmly believe that investing in the education and well-being of our youth is paramount, as they hold the key to our nation's future. However, when it comes to the SCA and ACA-5, I find it difficult to support these measures. While I understand the intention behind these policies, I believe they may not truly serve the best interests of California's disadvantaged youth. In fact, there is a possibility that such measures could inadvertently hinder their progress. It is vital that we pursue alternative approaches that prioritize empowering our youth through comprehensive education and genuine opportunities for growth and success.