If you were to visit Clark, you would hear talk of diversity coming from the mouths of every tour guide or administrator you spoke to. Diversity is one of Clark’s largest selling points, and it does attract a large number of prospective students looking to broaden their view of the world. However, some students are disappointed when they arrive on campus to find that many people remain very inclusive and make little effort to reach out to those outside of their own social or racial group. Yet, other students are delighted to be in the very tolerant and diverse atmosphere that Clark provides. Those students find that if you make the effort, then you will find yourself on the receiving end of many educational and enlightening cultural experiences.
Although the statistics don’t report outstandingly high percentages of ethnic differences, Clark’s diversity also hinges on the social, economic, and religious variations of its students. As far as Americans go, Clark draws in students from all over the country. Freshmen from the Northeast are often surprised to find how many students from California, Alaska, and Hawaii are among their ranks. Also, the general statistics on diversity only tell a part of the picture. Many students who identify themselves as white on paper are from places all over the globe. This is most apparent during the yearly International Gala event in which members of the Clark community come together to demonstrate a little slice of their heritage. In the same vein, Clark’s minority groups have a strong presence on campus and make large strides in breaking the apathy and integrating the whole student body.