Diversity at the San Luis Learning Center

Carlos Garcia, Evelia Puente, Lucy Flores

ENG 101-211

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The San Luis Learning Center on September 23, 2013.

DIVERSITY IN COLLEGE: How important is diversity on a college campus? Does it really help students or hurt them? These questions have been the topic of debate among both college students and educators for a long time. Many people feel that it is both necessary and unnecessary as well. In a constantly expanding world, some feel that the lack of diversity is hindering students from learning and preparing them for the ‘real world’. However, some students say that they feel more comfortable in environments where there are people just like them and have an easier time relating to those people as well. Being students at the San Luis Learning Center, we know what it is like to walk into school every day and be surrounded by the same group of people.

THE FACTS: According to the United States Census Bureau, the small, border town of San Luis, Arizona has a population of about 27,000 residents. About 98% of those residents are Hispanic. Because of its small size, almost everyone in town knows each other, or has seen each other at some point. The San Luis Learning Center is no different because a lot of people who have been together since primary school still attend the same school today. While, according to Great Schools, there are 5 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school in San Luis, there is only one college campus. You can walk into the San Luis Learning Center on any day and you will realize that almost every student there is Hispanic. People fill the halls and classrooms discussing their weekend activities or next class in both English and Spanish.

MAYBE WE DON’T NEED IT?: One negative aspect that always comes up when discussing diversity is the fact that it will affect admissions. If a college tries to encourage diversity by admitting people of different backgrounds, that means people who may be more qualified to attend that certain school but not contribute to diversity will not be admitted. This becomes a problem in bigger colleges and universities. Another issue goes back to the size of the town like at San Luis. Some people, especially at the San Luis Learning Center, have known each other their entire lives. These people believe that diversity is not really necessary or important in some aspects. Many feel that this is their home and because they’ve been here for so long, they won’t go anywhere else. They’re comfortable here and feel that since they’ve never experienced any sort of diversity in any environment then it’s not as important as other people think it should be. They have been doing well so far without it so why need it now?

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San Luis Learning Center student Diana Perez gives us her opinion on diversity on campus on September 23, 2013.


In a recent interview, San Luis Learning Center student Diana Perez gives us her opinion on why diversity in college may not be as important or necessary as some believe.

Q: How long have you been attending school in San Luis, AZ?

A: From kindergarten to college, and I’ve been at the San Luis Learning Center for 1 year now.

Q: How do you feel with the majority of the student population being Hispanic? Why?

A: I feel very comfortable because we all have the same cultural background and it’s easier to relate to other people.

Q: Do you feel that this has enhanced or limited your experience at SLLC? Why?

A: I don’t think it has limited my experience at all because it feels OK and doesn’t feel like I’m missing out on anything.

Q: How important is diversity on a college campus to you?

A: It’s not very important because the culture which is presented in this learning center is the same as the one I share, which makes me feel good and like I fit in.

Q: If you transferred to a more diverse college campus, would you feel comfortable or out of place?

A: I would feel out of place because I have been in this town forever and learning from new cultures would be awkward for me, and I would feel left out surrounded by people who are different than me.

BUT THEN AGAIN MAYBE WE DO: The truth of the matter is that anything can happen and you never really know if you’re going to leave your hometown or not. Of course people feel comfortable in their hometown but chances are you will end up leaving one day and if you do, you need to be prepared to face the differences you will encounter when interacting with people of different cultures. It may be unusual at first but you will begin opening your mind and expanding your knowledge of people who are different than you and you can take it as an opportunity to teach others about your culture in return. This will help you in interact with people in everyday life as well as in the workplace.

San Luis Learning Center student Krizia Arreola gives us her opinion on diversity on campus on September 23, 2013.
San Luis Learning Center student Krizia Arreola gives us her opinion on diversity on campus on September 23, 2013.

In a recent interview, San Luis Learning Center student Krizia Arreola gives us her opinion on why she believes diversity in college is important.

Q: How long have you been attending school in San Luis, AZ?

A: I have been attending school in San Luis since pre-school until college and have been at the SLLC for a semester.

Q: How do you feel with the majority of the student population being Hispanic? Why?

A: I feel comfortable, but the majority being Hispanic has somewhat of an affect on the school.

Q: Do you feel that this has enhanced or limited your experience at SLLC? Why?

A: I feel like it has limited my experience. For example, professors leave homework that is not as challenging as the homework they give out on the main campus.

Q: How important is diversity on a college campus to you?

A: It is very important because we can learn from other cultures, and learn how to respect their decisions and values, and all sorts of different things, and they can learn from us as well.

Q: If you transferred to a more diverse college campus, would you feel comfortable or out of place?

A: I would initially feel out of place because I have not had any experience with other cultures, but it is something I would like to experience, and would eventually have to get used to as well.

DIVERSITY IS NECESSARY: As a group of students at the San Luis Learning Center, we all agree that diversity is very important, and needed here at the San Luis Learning Center. We need it in order to be able to live in today’s society because it’s a major part of an everyday life. It gives us the opportunities to learn, and connect with those who share a different background than us, and maybe teach them something in return. Diversity can also open more doors for you and your future. While diversity may not be available to you in some small towns such as San Luis, college, in preparing you for the ‘real world’, should give you the opportunity to interact and learn from others. We encourage students to join a club or attend classes on the main campus in order to interact with other people. Maybe some can even form a club or group that encourages more diversity by teaching people about cultures and backgrounds different from their own.

In order to find more information on the diversity in San Luis, visit the U.S. Census Bureau.

To see a list of the schools available in San Luis, visit the Great Schools website.

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23 thoughts on “Diversity at the San Luis Learning Center

  1. Kimberly Esqueda

    Excellent!, It would’ve been great if you interviewed a professor at SLLC who also teaches at the main campus to hear his/her opinion about diversity.

  2. Rai Quintero

    Very well organize, I strongly agree with Keven Urbina, having a photo of the actual photo of the diversity of the campus would of supported more your blog.

  3. norman lintz

    Very informative but I believe you should have gotten faculty members and students at the main campus as well to prepare the difference in the diversity in gender as well not just race are culture.Diversity is a broad subject and very interesting and does affect life in a lot of ways.

  4. Abel Guiza

    I would have liked it if you guys put in more pictures of the people in the campus so we can see the diversity being talked about.

  5. I really enjoyed your blog, it’s a good topic. I liked that you had pictures of the people you interviewed. It let’s us see who’s saying it. But I agree with the others a picture or two of the diversity of people here at SLLC would have been good to add. Perhaps even compare it to AWC main campus or other schools.

  6. Denise Munoz

    very well organized and creative, I really liked the Q and A’s. In the beginning you sounded a little harsh as if you were against so many Hispanics in campus, perhaps changing your tone towards the subject would help.

  7. Carmen Lizarraga

    I found the blog to be a little bet confusing.I didn’t quite see the point if you are taking a stand if diversity is good or bad?

  8. paolajauregui

    This is a very good looking blog its eye catching and it is constructed very well. I like how you guys presented the interviews.

  9. Herminia Garcia

    You guys did an awesome writing the essay ,and the interviews brought in another perspective, and the pics of the people were good.

  10. Miriam Villarreal

    Definitely one of the most well organized blog, great job with the research! The video was both realistic and entertaining. Including why we lack diversity, such as previous incidents like bullying, that may have caused a person leave our campus could be another issue that you may wish to consider.

  11. A very well written and interesting topic. I would work the repetition of words through the article but, it was just a couple times. And I think a picture of a group of students could make a strong point for this post.

  12. Patricia Meza

    An article easy to read and interpret. Although our San Luis society is limited multiculturally we have a great deal of diversity. Let remember that diversity is not just about races, but according to the diversity definition is ¨the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc.¨

  13. ja918

    I enjoyed most of your guys’ presentation, the only thing that I would add to the blog post is a video that comes from our SLLC. That is definitely the only thing that I would do distinctly. Atte: Jessica Ayon 🙂

  14. Marcela Guerrero

    Excellent!, It would’ve been great if you interviewed a professor at SLLC who also teaches at the main campus so we can now better !!

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