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Race By Urciuoli Essay

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When most students are looking at colleges during their junior or senior year of high school, most of time, we look at what the diversity of the college is like. Up until it was time for me to find a college I was most interested in, I thought diversity was solely based on race, but realized it was beyond race. Even though I did not raise my hand, when the question was asked about was diversity one aspect for choosing a college. Yes, I was big on cultural diversity because I wanted to experience the different cultures. Coming to college made it easier for me interact with people around the world because in high school we really didn’t have many people from around the world and if they were ...view middle of the document...

I say this because students, teachers, parents and coaches have to come together and support each other. For instance, the way the fans showed out in Macon and Raleigh during the men’s basketball dancing sessions. It was something I have never seen before from a student section. Even when the men lost the students, teacher, and fans stayed together to show the men how proud we were of their success. That showed the power of unity and diversity of Mercer University when it comes to sports. However, even though with the people on this campus we really do not need multicultural organizations because students are friendly, loving and supportive, but since we have these multicultural organizations, for instance, African Student Association, Common Ground, Mercer Asian Society, Mercer University Korean Student Association, and Organization of Black Students there should be a more involvement when it comes to student knowing about the different events going on with the organizations.
Diversity has enhanced the learning experience for many students as it presents an image of difference between groups and individuals. “Culture is linked to some notion of institutional benefit, such as ‘educating the community’: culture is assumed to be a defining aspect of diversity, and diversity is assumed to be beneficial to the college“(Urciuoli.21). A lack of diversity in an academic setting will cause ethnic group to feel superior over another ethnic group. Something like Ethnocentrism where “having or based on the idea that your own group or culture is better or more important than others” (Webster). Diversity creates the understandings of demographics in relations to gender, race, culture, sexual orientation, age, and anything else that will make one different from another. In the classroom, we interact with any and everyone in the class because you get to critical think and challenge your views against others in the classroom. I feel as though everyone achieves more when there is diversity in the classroom. It shows how we respect the different cultures and help feel the gaps of differences/disagreements among the cultures because we are different. Diversity is the strength of a college campus. The U.S. News reports states the eight reasons diversity is important. It is important because it “expands worldliness, enhances social development, prepares students for future career success, prepares students for work in a global society, increase our knowledgebase, promotes creative thinking, enhances self-awareness, and enriches the multiple perspective” (U.S.News). In addition, this all is very true because before coming to college I really did not want to interact with people now that I know so many different students backgrounds, I am sharper, I love thinking about issues and problems.
“On the Multicultural Programs page, culture(al) is most specifically enregistered with multicultural(ism) and diverse(ity), with the Affirmative Action ethnic/racial categories...

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