St. Norbert college holds many great values. The college values things from a good education to encouraging students to have fun and become involved in campus activities and groups. However, my main concern is what they do for first gen students. These students struggle to manage their time, they get off track very easily and want desire to succeed in school so desperately that they end up failing due to lack of concentration and anxiety. Officials ask us to fill out surveys that ask if we are a first year student or not, but I am curious what this really addresses. Real challenges that first gen student face are many, not knowing exactly what is expected of them, not realizing what resources are available and simply being away from home are a few. Orientation provides most of this information, however it goes very fast and students are provided with a lot of material all at one time, making it difficult to remember everything. These are issues that St. Norbert college should focus on and resolve to make it more beneficial for us first gen students.
In the 2011-2012 academic post-secondary school year shows that eleven percent of undergraduate students have an intellectual or developmental disability also commonly known as IDD. While this statistic shows that individuals with disabilities are indeed successful in higher education. It raises the question of the how is the quality and quantity of the services and inclusiveness for those who have IDD. The challenges run from issues impacting in our world to our own community in De Pere. In order to be inclusive to all, we must provide superior inclusive environments for those individuals who have a disability.
There is much ignorance when it comes to diversity and it comes down to lack of education, understanding and exposer. When people come from different backgrounds they learn different things. For example, when a child comes from a predominately African American neighborhood they might spend more time learning about Black History Month. They learn more about the struggle and the disadvantages that come with being a person of color. Compare this to a child who goes to a predominantly white school, only learning just a few things about Black History Month. The white child only learning about the success of MLK or the outcome of the civil war. This child never went in depth to learn about the struggles so they simply don’t know. As people grow their minds seem to be less open and excepting making it more difficult to understand struggle that they may have never experienced. However, it is not they job of the minority students to teach the students who haven’t been brought up with more diversity. This is an ongoing issue in education, and society today. Diversity is a crucial factor in making our communities work. We all must take a second to take a step back and look at the world though someone else’s views so that we may work together to be as successful as possible. More »
Diversity is needed to achieve a true “communio” atmosphere and engage students and faculty into learning about new cultures at St. Norbert. Through diversity students and staff can learn and build an understanding of different traditions and lifestyles through firsthand experiences. Diversity builds a sense of community throughout the campus and provides trust between the students and staff.
This past election in the U.S. has been the most controversial election thus far; bringing up many issues that America has “brushed to the side” for the past few years. One big issue in America that has recently come to light, is the issue of racism still existing .During this past election, racial comments made by then candidate, now President elect Donald Trump, sparked an overlooked topic that there is still racism and there are many that share many of Trumps beliefs. Trumps words and feeling sparked a nationwide debate amongst More »
What does diversity look like to you? SNC’s theme every year is communio, which means fellowship, and community and much more. Many people also believe that the world itself has more to improve with diversity and poverty as well. In doing so, they can teach others about things they may have never known just as poverty can as well. We could get a better understanding of what it is like to be that person by understanding where they come from. I believe this problem will matter to the readers because many people do not put much thought into this topic as they probably should. The issue with this is that, it will lead people to not come together and get along and learn more. In my opinion SNC can do a much better job in supporting diversity. More »
When it comes to the diversity of a campus, one thing that is noticed but doesn’t seem to be recognized as much is the difference between the students that come from high or low income families and the way that first generation students face different issues. There are students that are coming from lower income families or are first generation college students aren’t doing well in college. Without changing of the issues of these students not doing well could cause more and more students to end up dropping out of college. There are a lot that drop out and never continue which means that there are more people without college educations that are trying to find jobs all over the country. By not changing things like class size and helping students take more advanced classes before college the students that need that could end up not graduating from college. Students are going to college and they come from families that have different income and ones that may even be first-generation college students. They all need to have the same opportunities available to them in order for them all to have the opportunity to succeed at college. More »
I’ve always been surrounded by a diverse group if you look at my friends you will notice the differences in culture, race, gender, etc. since I got to St. Norbert, I’ve notice that the diversity here is not a big as I’ve experienced in my previous education levels. However, St. Norbert has made it a goal to increase the diversity at the school. If you read the mission statement of St. Norbert, you will see the commitment to making St. Norbert a diverse school. Some the statements made in the mission statements included “At St. Norbert College, we are dedicated to creating an environment that fosters learning and respect for individual and group differences across cultures, perspectives and beliefs as part of an educational environment that fosters intellectual, spiritual, and personal development’. This is a way for St. Norbert to ensure the success of their students as they surround them with individuals and groups who hold different values, cultures and as well as beliefs. This way, the student is presented with the chance to learn from different people as a chance to increase their own knowledge and that they can be successful.
This country has showed much progress throughout the years, especially when it comes to equality. At this point in time, many would agree that there is equality for almost everyone and racism is almost not existent. However, after the presidential election it was proven that none of those ideas and beliefs are accurate. This election showed that there is still racism and hatred. Riots and attack broke out all around the country. Around the entire country citizens were attacked because of their race, religion, or sexual orientation. Yet, despite all these problems there is a way to make this issue better and that is to educate students about race and diversity, they should be required to take this sort of course. This would help to educate these students about each race, sexual orientation and so on. Students would be more accepting of everyone therefor decreasing hatred and racism. More »
A diverse college community is a reward to college students. No matter what ones’ future, many different people will cross your path and you will need to learn how to interact with everyone. The process of learning how to talk to others, how to listen and looking beyond what is on the outside, is what will create diversity. Having factual knowledge between what is going on in the world and what is opinion is also very important. Being successful is about having knowledge about the world and what is around you, which starts with having many experiences and friends. College is the time when one learns about themselves and develops their own knowledge about the world around them. More »
In today’s world, Diversity is becoming a more popular topic. The world we live in is considered a melting pot with all different types of backgrounds. Yet, with all of these people and backgrounds people don’t take the time to learn about them. Some people have knowledge of different backgrounds mostly from experience or where they are from. The unfamiliarity of others backgrounds is leaving communities and people separated. We want our communities and people to be brought together. We can do that by making race and ethnic studies a requirement at SNC so students can learn the differences of their peers and have better knowledge of what is going on in the real world. More »
College is not an easy task. It takes countless hours, sleepless nights, and can cause more stress than someone has ever experienced in their life. Getting through the huge amounts of material thrown at a student semester after semester during college is something to be extremely proud of. If education was tough in someone’s past experiences, like high school, then it will be difficult for that person to succeed in college. According to statistics, minorities, students from low income families, and first generation students do not do as well as majority, high income students, and non-first generation students. A first generation college student is someone that is the first person in their family to attend college. That means their parents, grandparents, and siblings have never attended college. College is usually a challenge for these students because of the lack of preparation from high school, and many students feel out of place at college when they are the first in their family to go. Some feel like they need to help the family out by getting a job instead of going to college. However, college will benefit these students more than ever. They need to understand why going to college and getting a degree will help them out more than just a high school diploma will. First generation students need to be taught the importance of college.
SNC college claims that they value all individuals. In fact, SNC’s mission statement claims they “uphold the sacred dignity of all persons”. However, being that SNC is a catholic college, some LGBTQ individuals are afraid to identify with their sexual preference because of the stigmas that are held at SNC. In Wolfgang Grassl’s article “Diversity is not a Catholic Value”, he expresses how differences in sexuality are not a part of Catholic colleges values, like SNC. When students and staff do not feel comfortable enough to express their sexuality they are unlikely to keep attending SNC or keep working at SNC. If the stigmas revolving around sexuality at SNC change then LGBTQ individuals will feel more accepted. More »
Diversity is often thought as having a mixed group of people; some black, some white, some Hispanic, and some Asian. But diversity is not just about the color of people’s skin. There are many types of diversity: race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, class, spiritual beliefs, political beliefs, and many more. It is well known that diversity in the workplace can promote more constructive ideas. This is also true in the classroom. With a larger group of people from different backgrounds; this gives other people’s points of views, allowing all sides to be seen. Unfortunately, not all workplaces and schools are diverse to the point where these alternate ideas are made. But when looking at a university the marginalized groups tend to be the minorities in these areas. Not addressing these problems will cause the marginalized groups to leave that university, in turn causes the school to become less diverse. This will cause the university lose the enriched education that is created with diversity. Like most problems in the world today all come from a common source, ignorance.
Having spent the past semester at St. Norbert College I have become submerged in our community. Being a small private catholic liberal arts college the community is much different than what you may find at perhaps a stem school or a public research university. The strongest difference being the presence of faith. Faith is present on religious colleges across the nation and St. Norbert College is no exception. In addition to faith there is a higher presence of diversity. However diversity throughout faith based schools is not always a priority or goal of these institutions. Without legislation in place it becomes the moral responsibility as to whether or not diversification is a priority for an institution. More »
Higher education should take a stance for the fight of race/ethnicity equality. Although many colleges are doing so I believe that all colleges need to keep their students informed whether that is in class of through social groups. For example police brutality is an ongoing battle. It has become African American people against the Police. I’m from Milwaukee and I have personally seen and heard of many cases of death within my city. I work at a store at a mall and I had to experience racial discrimination. Due to a protest in support of “Black Lives Matter” in the mall the security had to shut down the mall and call the cops. There was no issue with violence or disruption within the mall. With Milwaukee being on the top 10 list of the most segregated cities it makes sense that racial problems are still very visible.
St. Norberts is a college that encourages diversity. The school’s motto is all about communuio or community. St Norberts values its diversity and offers the campus as a safe space to anyone. However, diversity is still a tough topic to talk about even though the college is very open. Hard conversations about diversity because it helps with creating smarter, more accepting students. Students who are open to diverse ideas tend to make better decisions. Diversity is a major problem on campuses and should be addressed because diversity helps promote a smarter campus.