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Nap Time!!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Not enough adjectives!

I miss my adjective-heavy Prop 209 bitchfests. These new folks just don't have the adjectival affluence that folks like Felarca and Cruz showed.
Furthermore, people will often point to the large Asian student population at UC Berkeley as though it were a sign that problems of underrepresentation (of other communities) are due to cultural differences rather than structural barriers. This vein of argument implies that some students are immune to such barriers.

The truth is that all students of color are subject to structural barriers, whether this be across academic disciplines or at the graduate and professional level. Thus, to focus only on undergraduate rates is to look too narrowly at the problem of under representation of all communities of color across all the sectors of California.
You'll find a lot of Asians in graduate school, too. In fact, finding white folks in some disciplines is a challenge.

posted by Beetle Aurora Drake 10/31/2006 01:22:00 PM #
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I'm the only American in my particular graduate student office... but that isn't too much of a surprise in engineering.
Prob because they're not BAMN
I recall when I was at orientation for my engineering grad school department, the diversity officer came in and talked about how her job was to find Americans.
what is this talk about being the 'only American' or having to 'find Americans'?

are you trying to say that the thousands of US-born nonwhite people are not Americans?
It's not about white people. It's about Americans. In engineering, almost everyone is from Asia. (not asian by race, but from Asia)
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