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Do you think Kansas University has a diverse campus?

Asked at Jefferson's Restaurant, 743 Mass. on September 4, 2005

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Photo of Mariko Surber

“Yeah. Anytime I walk around campus, I see a lot of religious and ethnic groups interacting. Everyone can speak freely on our campus.”

Photo of Andrew Poland

“Yes. Just looking around campus you can see all different types of races and ethnic groups.”

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“I would say no. The only reason we have any diversity is because of athletics, and that’s terrible. We need to find a way to attract more minority students.”

Photo of Garett Schmidt

“Oh yes. The influx of college students from across the country and the world makes it very diverse.”


jonas 12 years, 9 months ago

Abbey has apparently never ridden the #8 bus from campus to 23rd and Ousdahl.

Jayhawk226 12 years, 9 months ago

KU is not even close to diverse.

Yes there are various races and religions and nationalities found on campus...but not even close to the numbers found on other private/public universities.

Bear in mind, our largest draw are students from the Great Plains states.

Need I say more?

GreenEyedBlues 12 years, 9 months ago

What kind of question is this? It seems like one of those rhetorical queries. i.e. "Does a bear poo in the woods?"

Of course it's diverse up there! It's a spicy jambalaya of all kinds of races, religions, orientations and nationalities, with white upper-middle class Johnson County psuedo-riche as the broth.

Liberty 12 years, 9 months ago

Diversity is a United Nations term. It is politically correct to be diverse and have many foreign students in the population, being dependent on foreign populations; not Kansans.

Yes, KU is too diverse and needs to cater more to the local people of Kansas.

Jayhawk226 12 years, 9 months ago

When the State of KS wishes to fully fund its own public university...then perhaps the University should begin to cater to its own.

And Liberty, with all due respect, if you truly feel KU is "too diverse" you really need to travel about more and realize it is a predominately, middle-class all-white university. You know better than that.

Carmenilla 12 years, 9 months ago

Not ethnically diverse! Not even a smidge. Smattering of black students, a handful of Asians, a few Hispanics, etc.

I am biracial and "ethnically ambiguious" (my other biracial friend coined the term). Most of the time people ASSume that I'm either Native American or Mexican. There seems to be limited alternatives to "white" in their minds. I can count on 2 hands the number of times someone has asked me "So what's your heritage?". I don't mind answering that question at all. But no...

I guess they would rather assume...

GreenEyedBlues 12 years, 9 months ago

When does a place become "too diverse"? When GOP extremists can't wipe out the Non-Aryans if needed? ;)

Liberty, how do you suggest they cater to Kansas? There is plenty of opportunity for Kansas students to attend KU... those that want to be here are here.

The other knuckle-dragging mouth breathers [to borrow a phrase from blogger Godjilla - thanks Jill!] prefer the heavily rural climate of Manhattan in which they can take university-level courses to continue practicing their love with... er... FOR livestock.

Chris Bohling 12 years, 9 months ago

As I think somebody mentioned, compared to the rest of the nation Lawrence is not a very diverse place at all. Diversity is relative. That said, Lawrence (and KU) are probably more diverse than 80% of rural Kansas, so yes, in that sense it is diverse.

beatrice 12 years, 9 months ago

I think the campus of KU is more diverse than the rest of the state. It has hills, parks, trees, buildings from different eras, all within walking distance.

The student body? Not so much.

enochville 12 years, 9 months ago

I do research with human subjects at KU, and believe me, KU is not ethnically diverse. It is difficult to get publications and research grants because our samples are not diverse enough.

Leyton 12 years, 9 months ago

KU is marginally more diverse than K-State in terms of everyone's favorite diversity metrics, but that's like saying that Roseanne's abs are better than Mo'nique's. I would guess that KU is one of the least socioeconomically diverse public universities around. Case in point? Distaste for rural Kansans (GEB). How open-minded! KU is so upper-middle class, it hurts.

It's pretty absurd to claim that the brightest Kansas students see KU as the best choice for in-state undergrad. A few years ago a statement less hyperbolic than GEB's would have had some merit, but Wefald has worked miracles. Since 1986, KSU has produced significantly more Rhodes (7-4), Marshall (9-5), Truman (21-12), and Goldwater (53-38) scholars. Despite KSU's dedication to several decidedly unpretentious fields like agriculture, the average ACT score of KSU freshmen is only slightly less than that of KU frosh (both ~24) and steadily rising (more than 2 points since the early 90s). Top 10% of HS class? KSU-32% KU-28%. The numbers may be skewed by KSU's popularity with rural students, but claiming that the best who stay in-state go to KU? Laughable.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 9 months ago

Yes, I think the campus is very diverse. When I went there, they offered English, Math, Art, Drama, Music, Religious studies...OH, what was the ??

christie 12 years, 9 months ago

Diverse?... LOL White, Alabama White, Lily White, Rich, Richer, Richest, Wealthy,...

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