There was once a joke at UT Dallas that Indian students here make up 50 percent of the population, while the rest are Chinese. This joke is bad, at least statistically, since nearly 50 percent of the students are white, while non-US citizens only account for less than 5 percent. What makes UTD sometimes seem like a minority school is the large body of Asian American and Hispanic students. This interesting mix of ethnicity creates a unique cultural hot spot that is UT Dallas, ranging from the purely American to the heavily foreign to those in the middle and influenced by both. UTD students, with few exceptions, love this diversity, and welcome all opportunities to meet new people and share their cultures and beliefs.
Speaking of beliefs, it’s common to meet people who hold political or religious ideals opposite of your own. Have no fear: Embrace the differences to explore new depths in your beliefs. Students and faculty members frequently talk about current events around the world, and, more often than not, the discrepancies and multiperspectives help enrich these discussions. Of course, you can always close your eyes, cover your ears, and not speak a word about these topics, but few choose to do so. At a place so globalized as UT Dallas, it’s easier and more fun to accept and integrate diversity into your life than make unintelligent—and not funny—racist jokes.