Diversity is difficult to measure at Connecticut College. While the school can't boast a high percentage of nonwhite students like some of its peer institutions, the spirit of diversity is at the heart of the Conn experience. Almost daily, there are dialogues, lectures, and presentations on topics ranging from affirmative action, to white privilege, to the experience of interracial dating on campus. The cultural groups are completely inclusive in their membership and are a strong force on campus life. There is even talk of including a diversity class in the General Education requirements, which would require students to take a class about another culture before they graduate. Simply put, Conn values diversity and is aware of the importance of race and culture in all aspects of students' education.
Students do have a point when they complain that the campus feels white, which at times can lead to homogeneity of option. Conn certainly needs to take a hard look at diversity in its faculty in order to increase the different perspectives that students are exposed to in the classroom. But to only complain is to close your eyes to the benefits Conn has to offer. Because of its small size, it would take self-segregation to attend Conn for four years and not befriend students, faculty, and staff from different cultures around the world. And when you want to go to study in another part of the world, there are some incredible study abroad options available.