Cultural and Economic Diversity

Issues of cultural, class, and economic diversity on campus.

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Cultural and Economic Diversity at SAC

This section is for discussion of issues of cultural, class, and economic diversity on campus.

Questions to discuss might include:

  • People sometimes say that SAC students are all alike.  Is there enough diversity in culture and class as SAC? Are SAC students all alike: upper middle class New England white?
  • Is it hard to fit in at SAC if you are not a typical student? Are there enough different types of people here? Is it important to have people from more places and cultures here?
  • Is it hard for people of lower economic classes at SAC? Have you encountered insensitivity to or intolerance of your economic class at SAC?
  • Are there enough small communities at SAC to allow students of varying interests and personalities to fit in? What could the college do to make it more welcoming for students who don’t fit the stereotypes?
  • Are cliques and cultural groups a good thing? Is SAC culture dominated by cliques or exclusive groups?  How do you make people more accepting of people unlike them? Is this important?
  • How is your experience at SAC different because of your economic class or the culture you come from? Have you been able to find people who are like you? Or do you think it is important to learn to fit in with people unlike you?

Feel free to respond to this or register for the site and post your own thread in this category.

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     Many people say that all Saint A’s students are all the same; personally, I feel that we are all so very different.  Being a liberal arts college,  kids with different backgrounds and different personallities come from all over to pursue their studies in a variety of majors.

      In the case of saint anselm college, there are  many students who a re legacies: whose mother, brother, sister, grandfather and second-cousin-once-removed have all gone to saint a’s, so they really don’t have much a choice when deciding which college to go to and have been decked out in “SAC” clothes since they were a child. Then we have the majority of kids whose parents pay for everything, they drive brand new cars into the Baroody parking lot freshman year and bring their clothes down to the cleaners to have someone else wash and fold their clothes rather than use the laundry room in the basement. Finally we have the select few that com to college with every penny they have saved from the two jobs they worked over the summer and continue to work during the school year. These kids pay for everything themselves and will probably be drowning in debt six months after they graduate.

     The overall outer impression of Saint A’s students are that they are all very polite and mesh well together. All that is true, but when it comes to people’s economic situations, separations occur even amongst friends. The more fortunate students do not care if a less fortuante student can’t afford to do something; they just go on and do what they want to go and do and leave the other student on campus. 

It is difficult to describe the Saint A’s campus situation unless you are a student who has experienced it yourself. I ask for other students and/or faculty to follow up on this post and tell whether or not you are aware of this economic diversity on campus and how could it be resolved.