UCI is one of the few schools in the nation that can say a minority represents the majority of the overall student population. In this case the majority is Asian American, with about half of the student population being of this descent. Although it’s a bit lopsided, diversity is still there when compared to the mostly white, Anglo-Saxon universities throughout America. More than 15 percent of UCI’s student body consists of minorities other than white and Asian. Blacks and Latinos are represented here as well, and some students believe that the campus is growing more and more diverse.
Most students agree that what one makes of their cultural experience at UCI is ultimately their decision. The more you do to learn about another culture, the greater your understanding and perception of diversity. A lot of clubs are designed to educate people about other cultures, and there are also various events throughout the year where representatives of different countries contribute to this education. The end result is an integrated community where people can keep and remain proud of their heritage. Also, if you look around enough at the various food fairs held throughout the year, there’s a fair showing of Greek, Indian, and African American booths, a fun way to celebrate and learn about another culture. No matter what your background may be, you shouldn’t have a problem finding your niche at UCI, and that niche might not be limited to your culture of origin.