If Davidson consistently fields one criticism as an institution, this is it. Diversity is a hot topic on campus, resurfacing in conversations among students and admissions officials alike. Each semester, the Davidsonian, the student-run newspaper, prints multiple articles addressing issues of diversity on campus, all stemming from one basic conclusion—there simply isn’t enough of it. The numbers reflect this, with just above 12 percent of the student body composed of racial minorities each year. At a school of 1,700, that’s about 200 people. For many minorities on campus, the lack of diversity is an everyday challenge. Minority students continually express concerns that their sole purpose at Davidson is to make the school look good, or that they’re only a number or a statistic. Others say that the school is not truly dedicated to shedding its “white Christian male” foundations.
Despite the setbacks in terms of diversity on paper, however, this is very much an accepting and respectful atmosphere. Many students here have friends of all races and religions, and a primary frustration for many is that “diversity” is frequently made into more of an issue than it needs to be. Most Davidson students will tell you that their outlook is entirely colorblind. And diversity, you’ll learn at Davidson, comes in forms other than color. Needless to say, the great variety of individuals and ideas presented on campus makes Davidson seem a great deal more “diverse” than the numbers might indicate.