Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Higher Institution

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One of the things that I noticed about college life, at least here at the University of Florida is the segregation on campus. I’ve attended all different types of schools and none of them were as segregated as here. It seems to me that for the most part the African American’s, Hispanics, Asians and White people on campus hang out together, throw their own parties, and their own events. This in my opinion has alot to do with the size of the University, greek life, as well as cultural clubs and organizations. However, having these organizations in my opinion are necessary for the student body; its just ironic to me how these same organizations contribute to the segregation without trying to. It is a known concept that birds of a feather fly together, so people are naturally going to stick to what they know and what is natural or most comfortable to them. It just seems to me that in a higher level institution the campus would be more united. I’m not saying that many of these organizations do not collaborate to do events, or that people of different races do not normally hang out, just that in my opinion due to certain factors, it is more segregated. I’ve spoken to friends that have attended different Universities and Colleges around the state, and most share the same sentiment. The problem is how can it be more United?

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Written by giotorres89

October 19, 2009 at 6:35 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Tagging on to this, I think that it also has to do with finding a comfortable group that mimics the one you left back home (for those student who are from out of city/state/country).

    As for becoming more united, I think that the groups on campus that are not culturally oriented do a lot for the diversity on campus. The problem here is that there is a lack of in-your-face information about these groups. For a lot of the organizations on campus, the only information on them is available on the Reitz Union website, so most people don’t even know that they exist. Promotion, promotion, promotion …

    bsmail

    October 19, 2009 at 6:44 am

  2. I agree with the poster above in that people associate with those that they are comfortable with. In many cases, in terms of my individual experience, people tend to seek out other individuals like themselves in terms of interests and sometimes also in terms of looks. If you grew up around white culture or black culture all your life, you’ll most likely feel a ready connection with that group.

    About the unity thing, I just feel that it is really hard for most people to reach out and meet new people. It’s not always that they don’t want to but there could also be obstacles in the way as well. Perhaps they never met someone from a distinct culture or they were home schooled and so on. Everyone has their own set of circumstances in which they must work around.

    zsayed

    October 19, 2009 at 9:32 pm

  3. I agree with your opinion. Sense our university is so big, we have to have clubs for immigrants students and students that are not white or black. I think it makes them feel at home, and it does not make them homesick. If we want our university not to be segregation, we as people have to be more open.

    badal23

    October 19, 2009 at 10:37 pm

  4. I also agree with the comments above me. I actually do think that because our campus is SO big, people tend to reach out to groups they can identify with. It’s not to say, really,that students intentionally segregate themselves, but rather because students recognize the fact that they are in such a vast, diverse cultural community, they want reach out to the groups like them, while at the same time interacting with other people as well.

    aunanan7

    October 19, 2009 at 11:25 pm

  5. I’ve definitely noticed the amount of segregation here and I feel like the ethnic groups do unintentionally add to the segregation in our student body. I don’t think it’s malicious at all, I just feel like people tend to hang out with others like them who share the same types of experiences and usually that means people who look and come from similar places as you. The size of our school probably also has something to do with it too.

    sranson08

    October 21, 2009 at 5:20 am


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