By Tess Skoller
International Culture Week was successful in both providing educational events and drawing attention to diversity issues at Union.
According to the school’s website, the class of 2014 is 16% students of color and 4% international students. Thus, by looking at diversity from a purely racial and national viewpoint, Union’s student body is 20% diverse.
This begs the question: what dictates diversity among a group of people? Granted, if I walk into a classroom with 100 white students, I would determine that the class is not very diverse. But, what if 50 of those students are women and 50 are men? What if 30 identify as homosexual, 50 identify as heterosexual, and 20 identify as bisexual? What if 20 students are atheists, 20 are Catholic, 20 are Jewish, 20 are Muslim, 19 are Buddhist, and 1 is a Scientologist?
The point is that diversity transcends national and racial identities. Obviously, both are paramount, but they are not the only factors that contribute to the heterogeneity of Union College. We all have our preconceived notion of “a typical Union student.” But in reality, we all bring something different to the table.