Racial diversity is something that is often discussed on college campuses. As a student who self-identifies as a minority in more ways than one I often feel like I have a pretty good understanding of the subject of racism and race. However, often times when these issue are discussed I learn something new; this was the case when reading the articles this week. This week’s articles examined the issue of race from different perspectives. This allowed me to re-examine the issue in a fuller manner; it also allowed me to question some of my own notions that I hadn’t really challenged before.
The College of Arts and Sciences is comprised of four divisions: Fine Arts, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. The curriculum of the College is designed to meet the needs and interests of a diverse, multicultural student body. Explain what interests you in the Arts or Sciences, and how studying at Howard University will help you achieve your overall goals?
Even if the colleges are achieving their goals to get a diverse student body to the campuses, they fail to get those groups to interact. In the article “The Lie About College Diversity,” Bruni’s interpretation on diversity explains that common college diversity programs are categorizing students together with similar backgrounds. Only a number of programs accept students to interact with fellow diversity students with different cultures, backgrounds or ethnic groups. These programs do not motivate students to reach out and share their thoughts with other groups because they could get rejected. By learning other points of view and having diversity in the learning environment, it also helps individuals communicate better. It also opens minds to ideas and concepts they might not have considered and provide them with
Diversity is a term known for, "variety." To be diverse is to have a range of different types of people all in one place. Different types of people can range from their race, background, social class, age, or religion. Those are just a few examples that can separate a person from others. To be aware of diversity around you is something everyone should take note of. Many people may not realize that they live in such a diverse world that they do not know how to cope with someone when they do find someone with a different background than they do. Washburn University has a very diverse population and Washburn and most of the students and faculty are aware of this and take great pride in it. Washburn University is not the biggest college and it
Washburn University has always been proud of having diversity since it first opened its doors to the public 151 years ago. If you are to look around campus many are able to see how much diversity is valued by the campus as a whole, they know everyone is different and each person has their own story to tell. If a university made it where no one is allowed to talk about where they came before and how they ended up where they are in life. what is the point of being proud of who you are? For me, it is important for each person to be proud of the person who they are because they could have had to overcome so much in life to make it to this point of being an undergraduate.
Diversity on college campuses has increased, which has let people assume that racism decreased and acceptance expanded gradually, however minorities still face prejudice and discrimination. Harvard University presented a research where they gathered college students from 4 particular public universities and questioned them about the social behavior they have experienced or witnessed. In the contrary, they discovered that college students have encountered racist comments or negative facial expressions towards them from Caucasians (Caplan, page 31). This has led to propositions for instance, improving social conduct between children in school, more gratification in regard to one’s culture and positive outlook toward the culture of others because America’s obsession with race and racial attitudes continues to affect individuals emotionally. It is urgent to spread diversity at a younger stage of life, for upcoming children that are starting school. The need of role models around the nation is necessary and relevant to help multicultural education in the schools. Diversity has become significant since people all over the country are passionate about others knowing where they come from and making it possible of a more diverse society in the future.
In “What Should “Diversity on Campus” Mean and Why?” various authors argue how it is difficult for women to get on a college campus, and to be comfortable on college campuses. In her article, “Trans Women at Smith,” Sarah Fraas, explains how difficult it is for transgender women to just apply to Women only universities: specifically, Smith’s. A study conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force figured out that less than half of transgender students have been able to update their school information (Fraas). It has been stated that some of the students who tried were immediately rejected by their high school. Also, in another article “Muslim American Women in Campus Culture,” Shabana Mir argues how it is difficult for female Muslim American
College is for people with the intellectual capacity for a higher education, not for equal representation among races to better the college experience. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, a quota is an official limit on the number or amount of people or things that are allowed. They were put in place to prevent discrimination and bias within the selection process for college applications. However, the supreme court illegalized quotas in 1789. Now, we have affirmative action: the practice of improving the educational and job opportunities of members of groups that have not been treated fairly in the past because of their race, sex, religion, etc. However, affirmative action causes minorities to compete against each for success, rather than against majorities. The ruling in the case of Regents of the University
In my opinion, minorities should not have a lower admission standard in order to racially balance college populations; however, I am not supporting the denial of a minority to a college education just because of their financial abilities. A financial aid program should be implemented to address any issues on racially balanced college populations. Although some financial aid programs run by the College or University can result in price discrimination by awarding some students more financial aid just because of their better records and test scores (Lawson, & Zerkle, 2006).
Emphasized in 10 Reasons Why We Need Diversity on College Campuses is the expansion and growth of ethnic groups in America and the failure of universities to represent the population on their campus; America’s future workforce will be soon comprised of people of minority groups (Kerby). The county’s workforce will be inferior to other advanced countries if colleges don’t work to provide higher education for minority groups. By strengthening individual people, the society is collectively stronger. In order for this to happen, universities need to be focused on diversity in
I did not have a hard time finding an article on community colleges; this one came right to me. However, as the author points out, there is a great deal of research missing on the community college level. Taylor (2015) states, “Because we have little research on LGBTQ students in the community college context (Leider, 2012; Zamani-Gallaher & Choudhuri, 2011), the vast majority of the research and empirical evidence is based on the 4-year context” (Taylor, 2015, p. 60).
Sophia Kerby speaks out about why we need diversity on college campuses. She uses research on Fisher Vs University of Texas to challenge college and universities to make change in their admission policies. Kerby states, “If the Court bars the use of race in admissions, it will erase 50 years of progress and threaten universities’ attempts to make college campuses more diverse and inclusive” (Kerby, 2012). Kerby understands that every college and university cannot use race as a way help with diversity in intuitions. So, it’s important as a country that we continue to allow equal opportunity to higher education base on fairness to all. Kerby has 10 interesting reason why we need diversity on campuses for all students. One of the ten reason are
While attending college there is an obvious reality that the diversity you'll face won't go remiss. Whether you attend an HBCU or a PWI diversity is a prominent factor around the campus. No one background is the same, which makes it more of a process to get to know your new classmates. That’s why the first-year experience courses such as SLS, The Bridge program, and Summer terms were implemented to help incoming students learn all the key components that they’ll need to get through college. Additionally having involvement within the University will help create a connection with you and your new peers. I advise everybody to join some type of organization while at school. The networking that will come out of joining something will help you
I would like to open by identifying leadership theories that fit me the best. Honestly I believe all three fit me and I will begin with a brief backstory to explain why. Prior to coming to the University of Toledo I spent 17.5 years working for the Lucas County Juvenile Court specifically at the Lucas County Youth Treatment Center where our charge was to save the taxpayers of Lucas money by lowering the amount of youth who were committed to the Department of Youth Services in Columbus (Juvenile Prison). Our program focused on arming offending youth with the skills to re-orient safely back into the Lucas County Community. We could house 44 youth 36 male, 12 female at maximum capacity
Four of the readings this week looked at at the functional area of Academic Affairs as a whole and specifically the faculty at higher educational institutions in the U.S. The final reading looked at white privilege which was a great additional reading to last weeks that focused on diversity and the changing population of higher educational students.