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William Kidder

Research Associate

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Bill Kidder is Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff to the President at Sonoma State University.  He previously served for eleven years in administration management roles within the University of California, including as assistant provost and then associate vice chancellor at UC Riverside, where he oversaw non-discrimination compliance offices.   Mr. Kidder has published extensively about equal opportunity in higher education – connecting 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 recent 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 testing (California Law Review, Santa Clara Law Review, Yale Journal of Law & Feminism).

Mr. Kidder has been committed to volunteer service with the Civil Rights Project for many years, including working on the teams drafting social science amicus briefs in the Fisher I, Schuette, and Fisher II U.S. Supreme Court cases.  His CRP policy brief, documenting how Michigan’s affirmative action ban led to a decline in African American degree attainment, was cited in Justice Sotomayor’s dissenting opinion in Schuette.  He is a past board member of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE).  Recently, Mr. Kidder has added a research focus on Title IX and sexual harassment in the university setting.  Bill received his B.A. (psychology) and J.D. from UC Berkeley.

 

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