Vox Talks: Diversity

Last week, the Diversity Working Groups formed in response to the Hoya’s offensive April Fools’ Day issue held a town hall meeting to discuss their progress.  Unfortunately, the meeting was pretty sparsely attended, so Vox decided to go out on campus and find out what students are thinking about Georgetown’s diversity issues.

3 Comments on “Vox Talks: Diversity

  1. Ah thank God the Voice got out there with a camera to get 3 random students’ thoughts on how the Hoya should improve. The Hoya is still an infinitely better NEWS source. The Voice provides this fun blog. But the Hoya is the newspaper. It’s pretty obnoxious for their inferior rival to keep taking shots at them like this.

    Second, I totally agree with the black girl at 2:20 when she says that freshman year is important in terms of defining your groups of friends. If that’s the case, then why does a “Minority Student Orientation” exist? Shouldn’t we introduce everyone to one unified Georgetown experience? A separate orientation is as good as saying “Welcome to Georgetown. ‘You people’ go that way, don’t bother the white kids too much, and we’ll see you in 4 years.” Let’s start everyone in the same place, and maybe they’ll spend more of their college careers in shared places as well.

    http://cmea.georgetown.edu/programs/studentorientation/

  2. Tim –

    Minority Student Orientation or Pangaea is an extremely brief program that doesn’t overlap with NSO, so we do all start in the same place. But don’t you think there might be a reason for Pangaea, distinct from your assertion that it is designed to intentionally segregate themselves? Many students are coming from backgrounds where they hardly knew any white people and are all the sudden totally immersed in a new (and very often, hostile or ignorant) culture. Even for some minority students that come from fairly integrated backgrounds, Georgetown can definitely be an unfriendly and unwelcome place, and is for many people. And don’t you think minorities should have the right to determine if there are resources like this? You clearly dont know that much about Pangaea (or NSO, for that matter), please don’t go about trying to tear down the few places minority students have on campus for themselves, and then deny their experiences out of ignorance.

  3. Grant:
    1. Many white students come from backgrounds that don’t prepare them for college. Do we have a separate program for kids who have never lived in a city? What about white kids that have never lived in a town with the number of minorities as there are at Georgetown? What kind of special resources do we allocate to those kids?

    2. Georgetown is not an unfriendly and unwelcome place. I hope that you have no part in Pangea because it is people like you who spout the “Georgetown is hostile” mantra that makes campus seem hostile. In reality, the vast vast majority of white kids are in NO WAY hostile to minority students. To the extent that Georgetown is unfriendly or unwelcoming, it is the same for white kids who are going through the same stress trying to thrive in a very new environment.

    3. No, minorities should not have the right to determine where University resources go, except to the extent that there should be minority voices in the school administration who raise minority concerns and perspectives. But just because minorities WANT to self-segregate does not mean they should be allowed to do so.

    4. I know plenty about NSO. I know very little about Pangea because I (and every other white kid on campus) was kept completely in the dark about the special minority kids’ activity. And that’s exactly what goes on for four years. Pointing out how little I know about it only proves my point that it is a way to separate and divide the student body by race. But I do know NSO very very well.

    5. Minority students shouldn’t have places on campus “for themselves.” That mentality is the problem in a nutshell. Are there places on campus for white students to claim “for themselves”? Minority students might think there are, but THERE AREN’T. Until minority students stop looking at Georgetown as “claimed territory,” nothing will change. And encouraging minority students to claim their own territory “for themselves” does infinitely more harm than good.

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