Tuesday, October 7, 2008
diversity at ASU
Diversity is seen in every university, but at ASU we view it as important to the school’s success. ASU is as culturally diverse as any institution in the United States. This school prides itself on being diverse in every way. These ways are not just limited to race, but include: gender, religion, cultural background, nationalities, social classes, and ableness. According to Delia Saenz, “Students at ASU come from all 50 states and 141 nations throughout the world.” These numbers are eye-popping to me, ASU represents all fifty states and on top of that 141 nations. It does not get more diverse in terms of the cultures we witness on campus on a daily basis. This is why the university pushes all of us to become more aware and more culturally diverse. Because there are so many individuals from different parts of the world there is so much to be learned from everyone and the only way to do this is to immerse ourselves in each others lives. It is inevitable that you will run into a teacher or classmate that is of a different background than you on a daily basis. Instead of ignoring this fact, it would be so much more beneficial to converse with these individuals in order to gain knowledge that you would not necessarily gain in a classroom setting. In the future, we will all be working with people from different backgrounds and with different religions. ASU provides us a chance to get a head start on the opponents by being so diverse. The knowledge gained by conversing with different people will only help you in the long run.