“Is the student body at Southwestern College diverse?”
Complicated question. According to the way the Feds define diversity (only along racial/ethnic lines), yes, we are doing very well. But there is a lot more diversity than that. The Feds do not ask about LGBTQI, nor do they take into account learning disabilities, socio-economic status, or age (our students range from 22 to 72). The older average age also means there are a lot of people who have had rich careers and lives before coming to Southwestern. That brings yet another flavor of diversity.
What about men who are minorities in a largely female environment, or culture? Does being Jewish “count”? What about “Daughter of Greek and Italian Immigrants”? That’s got to be an unusual upbringinging. Bi-cultural and invisible minorities almost always get missed in the diversity discussion. And how about being adopted? That is a significant, and a minority, status, for sure. And does being half Jewish count? Or half Lakota? Or 1/16th Cherokee? Oh, and 75% of our students come from outside New Mexico. My point is that a significant part of your education in grad school derives from what you learn from your fellow students, and diversity along all of these dimensions deepens and enriches your experience.
In the New Earth certificate offerings, we get a wide range of licensed practitioners sitting in intensive weekend trainings with students–a GREAT opportunity for students to network, learn from seasoned professionals, get leads on internships and so on—another perspective on diversity…
Yes, let’s just say there is a lot of diversity at Southwestern College and New Earth.