By: Alysha Macha, AARCCorner Contributor
In a university that prides itself on diversity and equal opportunity, we don’t see the diversity in class. As a psych minor, I love to take a repertoire of classes that fulfills my interests in said area. I love to study how people think in their minds. Unfortunately, what concerns me is how some studies are presented in lecture and play exclusivity.
I’m not going to name the class, but while we were learning about certain diagnoses and those who suffer from it; the supposed ‘standard races’ showed up. When I say standard, I mean African-American, Caucasian, and Latino/as. Occasionally, the word “Indians” would show up, but it would refer to Native Americans. Now, I understand that this specific research only involved said standard, but I like to point out there are other studies with similar results that show a broader spectrum that include Asian participants. I believe this spectrum helps to give a clearer sense of the picture and portrays a more accurate representation of the world today.
Of course, this is just a little dose of what bothers me. There are other examples that I can rant about, but I thought this was ironic. In a class where majority of the students were of Asian descent, the information presented to them does not include themselves. Sublimely, I don’t think this is a great message to send.
Now, what can students do to take action? Resources like AARCC and CCSAA (Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Asian Americans) are good support systems to help us get started. As one of the most highly diversified and internationally integrated campuses in the nation, we have every right to see that our classes are inclusive to all of us.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that UIC hasn’t done anything to try and step up its plate. This university is well aware of the issues similar to it and have attempted to cumulate a mosaic of interconnected goals and actions with the overall purpose to integrate diversity throughout all levels and activities of the campus via the Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning (DSTP). We just need our voices to be heard and push to set the bar higher. We’re almost there.