The Class Of Latino Students

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If you were to walk into Thompson and go through each floor, you would notice a distinct difference between the 2nd floor and the 3rd and 4th floor: segregated housing. On the 2nd floor, you will see a wide variety of people from all different ethnic backgrounds, but upon reaching the 3rd and 4th floor, you will only see a body of Latino students. Although at first this split may seem racial, in fact it is simply a split of preference. On the 2nd floor is standard UC Davis housing, and on the 3rd and 4th floor is the Latino theme dorm: Casa, which is the spanish word for home. My experiences as a freshmen in Casa has shown me that although the theme dorms on campus help to protect, support, and nourish their residents’ culture, due to the…show more content…
In these dorms, the initial interactions that socially code us throughout college are initiated. These social interactions create and solidify bonds between students that can continue for the rest of their lives. A change to the demographics of the freshman dorms doesn’t just create an immediate effect, but also affects every current and future resident of UC Davis. A freshmen social group that is initially less diverse will lead to a less diverse group of friends throughout the remaining years of their undergraduate studies. This reduces their social group to a less diverse group of individuals, which reduces the chance for them to interact with other cultures and overcome any form of culture shock that they are affected by, whether it be here in UC Davis or later in their careers. Freshmen dorms are the only place that nurtures cultural interaction to create a UC Davis community that is ultimately more unified, accepting, and respectful of all people and their different cultures.
We must recognize that the ethnic dorms’ benefits come at the unfortunate expense of diversity for the rest of the housing at UC Davis. Although themed dorms are successful in creating a safe environment for a culture to thrive in, they also create a negative impact on the overall cultural environment of UC Davis. Themed housing builds walls around
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