It’s Time to Put an End to Campus Isolation
A situation on campus which I would like to see changed is not so much the increasing ethnically and racially-based separation of student clubs and organizations, but the lack of communication and exchange between them.
There are valid arguments for the various racially "isolated" clubs in that they provide a support network and common identity for students who might otherwise feel culturally marooned on a campus as large as ours. (Specifically, I feel that the "Iranian Students Club," "Armenian Americans" and "Hillel House," to name a few, all provide emotional support to students away from home and their native culture.)
Perhaps one could even justify racial-based separation within an area of common interest on the grounds that common racial and cultural ties promote even better understanding within a common sub-group. I refer specifically to the fact that there is a "Student Business Association (almost exclusively white), a "Black Student Business Association" (exclusively black), and a "Chicano Student Business Association (exclusively Chicano). Now, all three of the aforementioned share the "common" distinction of business students, yet they choose to sub-divide further. It can be argued that valuable contacts leading to post-graduate employment are made through these clubs; it can be argued that Chicano or Black students have problems not usually affecting whites (such as being victimized by racial discrimination on a conscious or unconscious basis, or a poorly-educated "inner city school" background; it can also be argued that these racially-divided clubs arose in response to insensitivity and non-accommodation by the earlier-existing predominantly white clubs.
What I personally...