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The Choices Project is a research based initiative established by and led by UCLA Allan Murray Cartter Professor of Higher Education and CBC Director Walter R. Allen. The project aims to improve the academic options, experiences, and outcomes of African American and Latinx students in the California system of higher education. The study examines three research areas that are key transition points in the college attainment process:

Together these stages form an educational process model that begins with the earliest years of school and culminates in advanced degree attainment and viable, productive employment. By understanding these educational transition points within social contexts and working to improve student opportunity, access and equity, The Choices Project helps ensure greater academic and career success for California’s African American, Latinx and other disadvantaged students.


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The Choices Project research initiative was established in 1998 by Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Education Walter R. Allen, who serves as its Director. His research focuses on inequalities found within American society and examines disparities of race, ethnicity, gender, and social class across key areas of experience such as school, health, work, and family life. By first identifying discriminated individuals, groups, and institutions within broad settings, Allen's work investigates social inequality across various contexts and outcomes over time. He not only seeks to better understand the circumstances and factors that create and perpetuate inequality, he also identifies strategies and different means of adaptation by which some individuals or segments of marginalized populations succeed. This comparative perspective has both a national and international focus. Allen is keenly interested in the kinds of opportunities that individuals make use of and the resources they draw from as they confront life's challenges in pursuit of their goals.

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