Individual and Society Joshua Peterson
Graphing Assignment – 3
“Would you be interested in living with an international student?”
“Do you consider yourself to be a safe person and would be comfortable having a roommate who identifies as part of the LGBTQA community?”
“Would you be comfortable living with someone of a different race?”
“Would you like to live on a gender specific floor?”
If you’re like me and preparing for the fall semester by filling out a room reapplication form online, you’ve probably come across these very same questions and one point or another during the process. Have you ever wondered if these questions really matter, and does the university really care what we select for answers? How does UWW decide who goes where when it comes to room placement. For this assignment I decided to go door to door and find out just how much difference there were between roommates on this floor.
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Of those 57 students 30 are male and 27 are female. Of the 30 male students: 27 are white and only 3 are Hispanic. I included both an Asian and an African American category, but there were none on the entire floor. Of the 27 females: 21 are white, 4 are African American, and only 2 are Hispanic. A category for Asians was also included for the female, but there were none on the entire floor. A second graph was constructed to see how many rooms had an interracial number. Out of all the rooms there was not a single one that had two students of a separate race living together.
*Please note: All rooms are considered to be two person rooms, yet not all rooms were full at the time the survey was taken.
Unfortunately the information for this survey was collected from only one floor. One floor out of a ten floor building, one building out of an entire campus of student housing. There are many things that are not taken into consideration in this survey that should be noted.
Since this survey was taken late in the semester, some of the rooms that currently house only one student may have had another student that used to live there but dropped out at some point during the semester before the survey was taken. If this were so we could have had several rooms that might have had a person of another race currently living with whoever was there now. The university might have different floors or even communities were could imply a race specific category to get in, to provide them with a more comfortable environment if they so wish. Also the overall population of whites may far outnumber any of the other races combined, so to balance that they have spread different races evenly across the campus.
So really we have only scratched the surface of how this university places its students around campus, and for now there are just too many variables to get an accurate idea of how it is done.
In conclusion if the whole idea for this survey could be taken on by a team of students that were given the full permission to go to each student housing areas and conduct this survey to its full potential; we may get a good idea on the process of student placing by the university.