There are many elements to diversity, including ethnicity, age, economic status, sexuality, family structure, and major. At Spelman, there seems to be general agreement that, from a racial standpoint, there is not a great deal of visible diversity. However, many students tend to agree that defining diversity one dimensionally by race will not give you a clear picture of the distinct differences among the population. The women at Spelman believe there is diversity predominantly because all of the students have a different background, be that with respect to family, money, interests, politics, or experiences. There are no carbon copies amongst these women, and they are actually taught from day one to be individuals and stand up for themselves, as well as their beliefs.
Spelman participates in exchange programs that bring students from other schools and other countries to the campus. In the Continuing Education Program, there are also students who attend Spelman who might be returning to school later in life, bringing with them the diversity of their age. From a state makeup, Spelman also has a good mix of people from the North, South, East, and West. The cultural norms in these regions of the United States are different and create a unique Spelman culture that is a fusion of distinct tastes in apparel, political views, music, hair styles, and so on.